I first want to create the whole front panel, including the rails, stiles, panel and curved K parts – so then I can take measurements for the final width and height of the toy chest.
As I got started on the frame and panel parts for the front, I got a little side tracked creating all five panels for the chest. It took 3 boards of cherry for them all. I ripped each ~6in piece in half, jointed+edged, and re-sawed those in half – to end up with 4 pieces of 3/8″ wood per chunk of cherry. I then glued those all back together either book-matched or slipped-matched, depending on what looked the best. I clamped downwards first to keep all the parts in the same plane, and then across the glue line.
With all the panels oversized, I started cutting out the frame parts from the walnut board. I roughed them all out, jointed+edged and cut on the table-saw oversized. I then finalized the front rails and stiles.
For this project, I’ve decided to use the Festool Domino for the joinery. A huge shout-out to my buddy Dyami for lending me his Domino. It makes a traditional joint (two mortises and a loose tenon), but in a really fast way. All the parts are cut exactly to size and then zip-zip, two mortises and a festool-supplied loose tenon finishes the joint.
With the front rails, stiles and joinery complete – the dry assembly gives me the final dimensions (height and width) for the chest.
After finalizing the rest of the sides and back, a dry assembly of the whole chest gives me the dimensions for the top and I can cut those pieces. Everything is now all cut, final dimensioned and joinery cut.
I’ve also started work on some details for the chest. More to come on those.