Jointery and Dry Assembly
The function of the tools I use and how they work are explained here. Specific tools used are noted in bold.
The jointery is cut and all the pieces are “dry” tested fitted (no glue). Final assembly will happen after veneering and varnishing.
Because of the curved nature of the piece, once the curves are cut many of the vertical and horizontal orientation points are lost. To overcome this, a full size layout is drawn on a piece of plywood for reference and for marking the jointery cuts.
The main arch is attached to the base with screws. The downward arches are attached with dowels that insert into the downward arches and the main arch. In drilling the dowel holes one or our more helpful shop tools is used - an old adjustable height hospital table.
The top is attached to downward arches with wooden splines. The multi-router is used to cut the slots for the spines. This device allows for x-y-z movement of the piece and the router’s cutting bit.