don't, you'll have trouble sliding the shelves down the dowel rods.
To keep the holes in line, I used one-shelf as a template and marked the four l^i-in. holes on the underside according to the positions indicated in the drawing. I then made the holes with a drill press, using a l'vin. dia. Forstncr bit. Since the bit exited the face side (the top surface), I placed solid backing under the shelf to prevent tear-out. Once I'd finished this shelf, I used it to center the holes in the remaining shelves. Note that the holes in the top shelf should go only two-thirds of the way through the board.
Now mark out and cut the dovetails. The layout I used is shown in the drawing on the preceding page. A fast, accurate method of cutting the tails on a tables;»w is described in the sidebar. (See sidebar, Dovetails on the Tablesaw.) It's important that you don't undercut the dovetails and that they fit tightly, because when you cut the curvcs in the end picccs (sec drawing), the insides of the joints will show.
Alter you've finished the joints but before gluing, I recommend you clean up the inside surfaces with a scraper and sandpaper. You then can apply the finish—oil, wax or vanish—nuking sure to mask the shelf ends to prevent finish from getting in the glue joints. (See plK>to.)
Once the glue on my shelves cured,
I marked out curvcs on the end pieces. You'll have to skip this step if you don't have a handsaw with a 10-in. cutting capacity, but if you do. marking curves is easy. Simply use a beam compass or trammel points (see aw. «23) set to a radius of 32 in. You could equally well spring a flexible ruler into an appropriate arc, but marking the curve that way requires three hands.
After bandsawing the end pieces. I finished up the curved surfaces with a scraper and sandpaper.
If you have a lathe capable of accepting 4-ft. stock, you could turn the four dowel rods to the exact 11 »-in. dia., starting with I '.»-in. square turning blanks. Not owning a lathe. I bought lengths of 1 'vin. fir dowel (often used as closet poles), which turned out to be a fraction too big for the holes.
If you run into this problem. I suggest you either sand the dowels down to size or enlarge the holes. I chose the latter method and found that a 11 .-in. sanding drum in a drill press worked pretty well.
Next, I drilled and very slightly countersunk the '/i-in. dia. holes for the cotter pins. (See drawing.) It's essential you space these holes exactly the same on all four dowel rods; otherwise, the shelves won't seat properly and may nxrk. Mv solution was to cut the dow-
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