Figurehead

About 11/2

and cutting in from the edge of the block. But you could make a pierced cut instead, using a scrollsaw. When you've made the animal cutouts, glue the thin bottom piece back onto each drawer block.

I cut the real animals out of woods that evoke their character—zebrawood for zebras, etc.—using the walnut cutouts as templates. Sand the edges of each animal, making sure it fits comfortably in its assigned drawer block.

Assemble the Hull

I assemble the hull of the ark upside down. The photos on page 77 will guide you through the gluing sequence. Glue the top three layers together first—light, dark, light—saving the deck rail layer for later. To align the grooves fore and aft, fit the figurehead pieces into place without glue. Use your l/j-in.-thick spacer blocks to align the divider strips.

When this first "sandwich" has dried, add another two layers, aligning the grooves and divider strips in the same way. Repeat this process for the final two layers.

Now slide your real drawer blocks into place. They should fit easily but not too loosely. Hold each drawer block in place with a small wedge on one side, and disc-sand the entire hull until you get a smooth taper that's pleasing to the eye.

Next, lay out the top rail sections, using the completed hull to trace the outline. Cut them out and glue them to the top layers. Finally, install the figureheads as shown in Fig. 3.

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Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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