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Design Mistake? – Not Sure

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

I made the lower frame which will support the legs for the breakfast tray.  For the joinery, I stayed true to the Greene and Greene style and used finger joints.  There were two ways to do the finger joints: one where they are symmetrical with the bridle joints in the tray and one were they are not.  I thought, for visual interest, that I’d make them unsymmetrical, but now I am second guessing myself.  Don’t you hate that?  Which way do you think looks better? And by the way, I already made them unsymmetrical so there is no going back.  I’d like to hear from you to get your preference anyway.

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Finger joint frame glued

Frame and Panel

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

I have the frame and panel glued together for my breakfast tray and it went together nicely. This is my first piece with a bridle joint and I was a little worried that it would be tricky to get everything together perfectly, but it was a breeze.  I pre-finished the panel because it helps to prevent the panel, which is floating in the grooves, from sticking to the frame and it also makes finishing easier in general.

The panel was re-sawn so that the left and right sides are book-matched. The grain isn’t the most exciting, so the book-matched effect isn’t very obvious, but the color should be a perfect match.

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Bridle Joinery Finished

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

I completed the bridle joinery for the frame of my breakfast tray.  I recently finished the female portion of the joint and I had to next work on the male portion.  I did this by first cutting the cheeks at the table saw using my DIY tenoning jig.  I finished the joint off by cutting the shoulders at the table saw using a stop block clamped to my fence.  The stop block guarantees that every shoulder will be cut at the same location.

The joinery is meant to have a Greene and Greene flavor and to that end they are proud by approximately 1/8″.

Next up, I need to cut a groove around the inside perimeter of the frame and make a panel to go in it.  Gaining on it.

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