Mid-Century Modern Furniture: Shop Drawings & Techniques for Making 29 Projects by Michael Crow

Mid-Century Modern Furniture: Shop Drawings & Techniques for Making 29 Projects by Michael Crow

Author:Michael Crow [Crow, Michael]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: F+W Media
Published: 2015-05-19T22:00:00+00:00

Masking tape placed along the cutline of crosscuts with help minimize chipping of veneer.

Tape the edges of the top before applying glue to the edge, then tape the edge banding in place.

With the top and banding cut, you’re ready to edge-band the top. Trim the banding a little long (an extra 1⁄2" or so will do). Run blue painter’s tape along the edge of both sides of the plywood to minimize glue squeeze-out on the veneer. Apply a thin layer of glue to one end of the top and let it sit for a minute, then apply another thin layer of glue. This sizes the joint and increases the holding power of the glue on the plywood’s end-grain layers. Position the edge and clamp it in place with blue painter’s tape. Do the same to the other end and let the glue dry completely before trimming the banding flush with the long edges, then glue the banding to the long edges. Once the glue has dried, peel off the tape and trim the banding flush with the top using a plane or flush-trimming bit in the router. You can finish-sand the top now, easing the edges while you’re at it, or wait and sand it while you’re sanding the base.

Each leg is composed of a wide side piece and a narrow end piece. Because the legs require duplicate parts, it makes sense to prepare a template and rout the duplicates (see Pattern Routing, page 23). Using the drawings as a guide, lay out the leg on a piece of scrap stock and cut close to final size with a jigsaw or band saw, then plane and sand to final size. Because the pattern bit will leave a radius on the finished pieces, you don’t have to reproduce the radiused corners where the stretcher ends meet the main body of the leg. Rip and crosscut the legs to final size and trace the template, then cut the mortise and groove for each side leg piece to house the end leg piece’s tongue. Once you’ve finished the leg joinery, cut close to your pencil lines with a jigsaw or band saw, then affix the template to the leg with double-sided carpet tape and trim it to final size using a flush-cutting bit in the router. Take extreme care when trimming the inside curves where the stretcher stub meets the main body of the leg. Too aggressive a cut there can easily split the stub from the leg.


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