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The Curio Cabinet
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Step 5: Milling The Moldings. The two small drawings labeled “Shaper Profile M” and “Shaper Profile N” show you how to set up your cutters to form the molding profiles. To make the base molding (N) and the shelf molding (M), start with a “blank” piece of 3/4-inch stock, about 4-1/4-inches wide and 40-inches to 42-inches long.  As you did with the rail and stile pieces above, cut an extra piece of 3/4-inch x 4-1/4-inch stock for use as a test piece in making your set-ups. Make it about 12-inches to 18-inches long.
Starting with your test piece, make your set-ups to cut the shelf molding profile (N) on one edge of this stock. Use the Ogee Shaper Cutter and the Flute & Quarter-Round Shaper cutter to form the desired profile. Once you’re satisfied with the profile on your test piece, cut the profile on the “real” piece.

Now, make your set-ups to cut the base molding profile (M) on the other edge of your test piece, using the same two cutters.   As before, once you’re satisfied with the profile on your test piece, cut the profile on the “real” piece. Once your two edge profiles are cut, rip the shelf molding (M) off to about 1-1/32-inches . . . and the base molding to its finished size of  3-inches. There’s no need to make the base moldings oversize so you can joint them super-smooth since their straight edges sit on the floor and won’t be seen anyway.
Use Shopsmith’s Conical Sanding Disk or a hand plane to shave off the “proud” 1/32-inch and bring your 1-inch molding to its finished size.

Cut and fit these moldings as shown in the drawings. The short 1/4-inch dowels shown in the drawing are used to hold the shelf moldings to the shelf edges during glue-up. These are optional as you  should be able to hold their position without them. Add glue blocks (V) behind the base moldings (N) for more support.
Locate and drill holes through the base (K) and shelf (L) for the 1/4-inch dowels used to position the frames. Hold each frame member in position and insert a 1/4-inch brad point drill bit through the hole in the base (K) and tap gently to mark the location of each dowel hole in the frame. Do this on frames to base (K), bottom frames to shelf (L), and shelf to glass frames.  These dowels position the frames for assembly with screws.  Cut and fit parts (Q,R) for the door opening spacer.

Shaper M Shaper N Cabinet Assembly


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