Sand the curved edging smooth. Start with a belt sander and finish up with an orbital sander or by hand.

right. Use the curved tracing jig (Fig. D) as a guide to draw the curves on the bottom of the edging of the shelves and subtop (Photo 12). Then band-saw and sand the edging to final shape (Photos 13 and 14).

Assemble the Bookcase tn Stages

Start by cutting biscuit slots in the ends of the bottom shelves and subtops, and the joining surfaces of the center and end panels (Fig. A). Remember that the shelves are flush with the rabbet at the back of the legs (Detail 1) and set back 1/4 in. from the front ofthelegs (Fig.A).

Gluing and clamping these parts together is a two-stage process (Photos 15 and 16). Practice each stage without glue to make sure the parts line up correctly and to get a feel for how they go together. Get a helper to assist with holding the parts. Make sure the case is square before leaving it to dry.

After the case is glued up and dry, tlip it over on its top and add glue blocks (N) to the under side (Photo 17). Glue blocks are an easy way to add strength to the case. After the glue is dry, turn the cabinet right-side up and drill the shelf-pin holes using a self-centering bit (see Sources, page 67) and a shop-made drilling guide (Photo 18 and Fig.E).

Now is a good time to take the four remaining shelves back to the tablesaw

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