Base

MDF or plywood

Systems, 207-725-0935). It gives me a long, 15-minutc open time; and it's rigid, so the seams won't creep open as they sometimes do with the more flexible yellow and white PVA glues. I don't recommend contact cement for veneering.

I use a vacuum press, which is fast and reliable. (See photo, opposite page.) You can also use a conventional veneer press, or make your own press with bar clamps, hardwood cauls, and mclaminc-coatcd particlcboard platens. (Sec AW #40, page 37.)

Once the glue cures, it's time to trim the panel to its final dimensions. Because

Trim to final size. The MDF edge of the assembled panel rides along a wood strip attached to an auxiliary fence. Trim the overhanging veneer and panel to final dimensions.

the backer veneer overhangs the panel, it's difficult to trim without using a jig like the one in the photo above. It's just a plywood auxiliary fence with a strip of wood attached about V^ in. from the bottom, so that the panel's edge rides against the strip and the overhanging veneer slips under the strip. Using this jig, rip V^ in. off each edge to trim the backer veneer flush with the panel's edges.

Raise the Panel

The easiest way to raise a panel is to use a shaper with panel-raising cutters. If you don't have a shaper, raise the panel on the tablesaw using a panel-raising jig like the one shown above. The jig helps hold the panel in an upright position and keeps it stable during the bevel cut. (See top photo, opposite page.)

After you've cut the bevel, the final step is to clean up the beveled surface with a scraper and sandpaper. Use a sanding block, taking care not to gouge or round over the sharp edges of the raised field. I can usually go straight from the scraper to 150-grit sandpaper. As you sand, check the fit of the bevel in its respective stile or rail. You're done when you get the fit shown in the drawing on page 71. The panel should fit into the grooved frame without any wobble or slop, so there's no need to glue it in place. For extra strength, after gluing up rhe frame drive a brad or small dowel pin through the top and bottom rails in the back. A

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