Work continues on the parts of the lantern housing grilles. No, I’m not planning a cookout – these grilles will incorporate to a frame that supports the glass in the lantern housings.
As usual, this began with a rippin’ session with my ryoba:
Skinny little kumiko are a bit of a pain to square up, so I like to rout a slot in some MDF, precisely sized, which allows a ‘go/no go’ fit, and holds the pieces plumb so I can square up the narrow sides easily:
The central ‘X’ members are sized slightly larger, by 1/32″, than their surrounding kumiko, as I want the functional aspect of the bracing to work well (i.e. be as strong as possible and yet not clunky), without drawing too much attention to the fact. The MDF holds each bar firmly positioned so I can plow a half-lap across it with my router. These oblique half-laps, like the others I have used in this project, will have mitered abutments.
I also use a transfer bevel to take the angles directly off the drawing, and then transfer them to a bevel gauge:
This pair of angles give me the bevel cut on each side of the abutment:
Next step was to cut the cross wise shallow trenches – in the case of this main ‘X’ brace, the lap housing is but 1/64th deep:
At the conclusion of this stage, and this post, I have 4 ‘X’ assemblies completed:
Stay tuned for more. Thanks for your interest and on to post 37