Poor Frames

After the basic cabinet is complete, work can begin on the doors.

STILES, Begin by cutting all the stiles 3" wide and the two outside stiles (BB) to a rough length cf 64" (Fig. 26).

To determinethe length cf the inside stiles (AA), measure the height cf the door openings at their highest point (675/s" in my case.) Then, since the doors overlap the case by W, add V2'1.

rails, Next, I cut the rails. First, glue up two 9"-wide blanks for the top rails (CC) (Fig.27). (The arch shape will be cut later.) Then rip the middle rails (DD) 4V2" wide and the bottom rails (EE) 3" wide (Fig. 28).

To determine their lengths, measure across the door opening (20V811) and subtract the combined width of the two stiles (6"). Then add '■/■>" for the overlap.

CUT THE MORTISES. I assembled the frames with mortise and spline joints (refer to pages 122 to 125). (You could use a biscuit joiner as well.) Start by laying out the locations cf the mortises on all the rails (Figs. 27and 28).

To transfer the locations cf the mortises to the stiles (Fig. 29), I laid the pieces down as they would appear in the assembled door (Fig. 26). Then I routed the mortises Vie" from the inside face cf both the stiles and rails. This allows the mortises to align with a panel groove routed later.

Now, cut splines to fit the mortises and dry assemble the door frames.

CUTTHE ARCH. The next step is to cut the top door rails (CC) to their arched shape. To do this I made a cardboard template by tracing the arched door opening (Fig. SO).Then cut out the template and transfer the shape to the rail and outside stile (Fig. 31).

After cutting the top edge of the rails and top end of the outside stiles to shape, cut the bottom edge of the arched rails using the band saw and sander technique shown on page 113.

PANEL GROOVES. Now grooves can be routed around the inside cf the stiles and rails for the raised panels (Fig. 32). I cut the grooves with a Vi* slot cutter.

To do this, raise the bit until it's aligned with the mortises. Then, rout the grooves along the inside edges of the rails. On the stiles, don't rout beyond the mortises (Fig. 32a).

STOWED CHAMFERS. Next, I dry assembled the frames and routed

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