One of the details that distinguish classic cabinets is their typical crown moulding. May be I shouldn’t dare to say such a comparison with this small piece of furniture, mainly because when we say piece of furniture plus classic, we always think of a craftsman work. But that is the look I was looking for this cabinet, so you can see it is possible to make things like this with small and cheap electric tools, those one buys to use in DIY projects. You won’t need much more than a skill saw, a router and some woodworking tips.
Once we made the sides, next complicated part is to install the crown moulding in the top of the display cabinet. It is difficult to measure, difficult to cut and difficult to put the pieces of the crown moulding together in the top of the cabinet.
I began cutting the mouldings in the miter box with a tenon saw, and at first everything was working well, but then I had to adjust the length of the front piece of moulding. If you are not very skilled working with the miter box and you know how to cut the right length in the first try, it is very difficult to adjust it later. It was impossible to me to adjust the length, and with my Stanley miter box it is impossible to make precision cuts trying to trim less than 1 millimetre.
Well, nothing to say if you have some kind of miter trimmer or a shooting board. Anyway, I must say I am happy with my miter box, because it works better than my old wooden miter box. So, I cut by hand the 45 degrees ends in the side crow moulding pieces.
And to cut the front piece I decided to use my skill saw miter jig. You can see in the video how easy is to trim the miter cuts with a precision of just some tenth of a millimetre.
Once I prepared the base and the top, I need to put them and the sides of the cabinet together. this time I will use some 8mm dowels to join all the pieces. I clamp the pieces in place and I drill the holes through both pieces at the same time. First through the base and the sides pieces and then through the top and the sides pieces. To make sure I don’t drill to deep, I need to use a depth stop in the drill bit, so I use a drill bit stop collar. You can see in the pictures how I clamp the pieces before I drill the holes. If all the faces of the cabinet sides are at 90 degrees and the strip faces are at 90 degrees, too, then we can trust (more or less) that the side of the cabinet and the base (or the top) will be at 90 degrees.
More or less, because I think I should make some kind of support like that in the picture to hod the pieces in place while I drill them. In any case, I think I will be able to compensate a slight deviation when I glue the back panel in this piece of furniture.