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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-05-2005, 07:39 AM Thread Starter
 
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I saw a dresser in an antique shop window and frivolously said "I'd like to make that" . My wife said "great go ahead!" So thats my challenge. Making the dresser is not the problem but you can see that the doors have a lot of mouldings. Oddly the piece in the shop window had its doors fastened the wrong way (ie inside out).
I have a router which takes 8mm and 6mm bits , so 1/4 inch, but I am not sure which shapes to get. Can you guys advise? Please
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-05-2005, 08:54 AM
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Hi: I would use 8mm, for heavy cuts. 6mm is a little light. Most rouers in the US handle 1/4" and 1/2" bits. I would suggest round over bits, straight bits, and maybe a large bit that has a number of profiles on it for mouldings etc. To make the doors you may need a raised panel set of bits. Some bits will be needed to make the muttins in the top glass doors. I hope you have some experience with the router, since the project you are considering is complicated. You may even consider getting a bigger router to use larger bits, and variable speeds. Hope this helps.. Woodnut65
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I don't think the doors are inside out. If you are seriously considering copying this style of furniture, you will need a lager router with variable speed to make the raised panel doors. This is a pretty complex project for someone without a good deal of woodworking experience. Do not attempt raised panels with an 8mm or 1/4" bit.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-06-2005, 07:20 AM Thread Starter
 
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After I posted yesterday I fooled around with a tryout door that I already made to test different techniques. My previous work was without electric tools and that what I prefer, but a router does get things moving!
Jerry , yes the doors have been reversed, the shop wasnt selling the peice but only was using it as a fancy display with the doors open. we see the outsides which are of course fancier.
Woodnut, I understand that you would make a series of passes with various bits, and thats what I tried yesterday. I also worked freehand ,which perhaps isnt recommended but .... My biggest problem was setting the guides, especially the depth.
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