The top is a raised panel door and the bottom is a just a plywood panel set into a mortise and tenon frame.
First a Record 44 plow plane to cut the grooves.
A complete stack of rails and stiles for the top and bottom.
Skipping a bunch of steps as I do not take as many pictures. All the videos are available on Paul Sellers site. The mortises are cut with my Sash saw and cleaned up with a router plane. The mortises were chiseled with a bevel edge chisel the Sellers way.
Getting read to final fit and assembly. The panels are 5/8″ thick, I had to take 7/8″ stock and plane it down. I did this with my #5 set as a scrub plane and then cleaned it up with a #4.
Dry fit and glue up.
Gluing the top and bottom to the carcass. Everything went smoothly. The only error was a shoulder line that can’t be seen in the final build. I am better at mortises than dovetails.
All ready to be cut in half now!
It all started off so well 🙂 I had a guide, a pencil line and then it went so so wrong.
The front, I wasn’t paying attention for a few strokes of the saw and it went off the line by 1/4″. This means I lose a 1/4″ of height. Luckily I added a good inch or so of height before I added the lids due to my incorrectly measuring somewhere along the line. I topped the carcass with a 1 inch wider or so piece mitered at the corners (held together at the miters with a domino, yes its wrong, I know but I didn’t care). I had to plane off that 1/4″ from the top and bottom and level things all out.
The aftermath of the planing can be seen below:
The drawers were next and I did not get a lot of pictures. The are half blind dovetails with a grove for the plywood. There is also a mortise with some wedges to add stability. These drawers are rock solid.
Test fitting the planes.
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