Milling molding in the showcase.

How to route decorative molding and rabbets for glass panes.

Ya tengo la estructura de los laterales fabricada, pero dejarla tal cual está queda un poco sosa. Hay muebles que quedan muy bonitos con todas sus esquinas y todos sus ángulos rectos, pero en este caso fresar una moldura alrededor de los cristales supondrá una gran diferencia y es una de las muchas cosas por las que uno se decide a comprar una fresadora.

For the decorative molding I use a milling cutter with a bearing that serves as a guide when resting it against the same slats that form the sides of the display case. The cutting edge of this bur has two interlocking S-shaped curves and ends at the top with a small vertical cutting edge. Do not confuse it with the one with only one curve. These burs can be found in almost any cheap set of burs, which often come as a gift when we buy a milling machine.

Milling cutters for milling moldings.

The technique for milling the moldings basically consists of adjusting the milling height and cutting clockwise, removing material little by little until the bearing rests against the wood all the way through. With a few pieces of wood we block the workpiece so that it does not move and inside we place some blocks with the same height as the slats on our sides to have a support surface for the base of the milling machine. And if you wonder why I don’t glue before, it’s because some of you might prefer to cut some grooves and put a plate instead of the glass, and you couldn’t mill this molding with the plate in place.

I also use the milling machine, this time with a straight cutter and its guide for straight cuts, to mill the box where the glass will be placed on the inside of each side. After the pertinent adjustments it is a simple task, although it is important to take into account the direction in which we mill, since with this task as well as with the milling of the molding we can find large wood chips that break and spoil the appearance of the milling done. I never really had a case so bad that I didn’t remove the break as I continued to deepen the milling, so I usually mill both ways, but I always keep in mind that the milling can get messed up, so I’ll try to explain this later in another post.

Glue the sides of the display case.

You can see in the video the whole procedure and the things to take into account, such as making sure that the bearing will always end up resting against the slats, paying special attention that it will not be below the central slat, which is narrower than the others.

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