Cross Braces

To make the cross braces (B), first dry-assemble the frame and measure between the extremes of each pocket Then cut two pieces of 2x6 to this length, and also to final width.

half laps. Now lay out half-lap joints on the ends and center of each cross brace, see Fig. 2. Note: The center half lap is cut on the top of one brace and the bottom of the other.

assembly. I assembled the top upside down on a half sheet of plywood, see Fig. 3. Spread some plastic resin glue in each saw kerf, then add the splines. (See page 31 for more on outdoor glues.)

Clamp the frame pieces to the plywood as you work your way around the table. Then glue and screw the cross braces into the pockets, see Fig. 3a.

trim splines. Once the glue dries, trim, then sand the splines flush with the inside and outside edges of the frame, see Fig. 4a.

(b) cross brace

C CUT DADO FOR

i--HALF LAPS CENTERED

3"

46 VV

note:

HALF LAP IS ON TOP OF ONE CROSS BRACE AND BOTTOM OF OTHER CROSS BRACE

22'V MITER ON BOTH ENDS

ROUT "POCKETS" IN FOUR FRAME SECTIONS ONLY

CUT 'V-WIDE KERF CENTERED ON THICKNESS FOR SPUNES

® frame section

(EIGHT NEEDED)

CLAMP ON BOTH SIDES OF JOINT

WAXED PAPER

note:

ASSEMBLE FRAME UPSIDE DOWN ON PLYWOOD WORK SURFACE

GLUE AND SCREW CROSS BRACES TO FRAME

WAXED PAPER

CLAMP ON BOTH SIDES OF JOINT

note:

ASSEMBLE FRAME UPSIDE DOWN ON PLYWOOD WORK SURFACE

GLUE AND SCREW CROSS BRACES TO FRAME

Picture Frame Spline Jig Biscuit Joiner

spune

TRIM SPUNE FLUSH WITH EDGES OF FRAME

SPUNE SHOULD EXTEND BEYOND BOTH EDGES OF FRAME SECTIONS

TRIM SPUNE TO W OF FRAME GLUE DRIES

SAND OR PLANE SPUNE FLUSH TO INSIDE AND OUTSIDE FRAME EDGES

CUT TO FIT

With the top frame assembled, the next step is to round over the edges.

round-overs. To round over the outside edges of the frame, I used a W round-over bit, routing in a counter-clockwise direction, see Fig. 5.

For the top inside edges of the frame — and also the top edges of the cross braces — I used a Vfc" round-over bit, routing in a clockwise direction, see Fig. 5.

rabbets. When the top slats are added, they're held in place by a series of keeper strips attached to the underside of the frame, refer to Fig. 9. The slats rest on a ledge rabbeted into the frame. The ledge is formed by routing a %"-wide rabbet along the bottom inside openings of the frame, see Fig. 6.

Make at least two passes to rout the 1"-deep rabbet, leaving a V^'-thicklip to support the slats, see Fig. 6a. Then square up the corners with a chisel.

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Responses

  • leroy rhoades
    How to cut cross braces?
    8 years ago
  • nibs t
    How to cut a jointed cross brace?
    8 years ago
  • tesfalem
    How to cut half lap joints in a cross brace?
    8 years ago
  • elide
    How to make half lap joints cross brace?
    8 years ago

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