Note: The following is the final article in a series of three.
Part 1 can be found in Volume 3, Issue 4; part
2 can be found in Volume 3, Issue 5.
The third article in this series explains the door and drawer
construction, as well as all of the design motifs used to
adorn the piece and tie the parts together visually.
For the glass door, the two drawers and the two raised-panel
doors, I wanted to create some unifying design motif; I decided
to use variations on a common oriental pattern.
I started by making the raised-panel doors. The front corner
of the frame is mitered and has a single blind mortise and
tenon; the back side of the rail meets the stile with a plain
shoulder. In framed-up work, it is good practice to provide
extra length to the stile, called a horn, as this prevents
splitting where there are deep mortises. These horns are then
removed after assembly.
A 1/4" groove holds the raised panel. To give the door
a softer feeling, I eased the frame's inside edge. As I mentioned
above, the corner of the raised panel is carved with a pattern
that recurs elsewhere in the drawer fronts and upper glass