rail and stile question
I should lead this question off by stating that i am a beginner woodworker.
I’m building a sofa table for a woman at work but i am running into a bit of a hurdle with one of my design features. The sides of this table will be built with frame and panel construction. I designed the piece and she signed off on it. However, she has requested that the inside of the frame be profiles. So this changed my plan from using stub tenons to using rail and stile construction. That’s all well and good until I realized that it will cause complications when i get down to the legs. Basically the issue is that the profile will continue onto the leg portion of the frame. The legs are going to be tappered the last 2 inches which will remove some of the profile but it will still leave a small portion on the leg. What would any of you suggest to combat this issue. Am i breaking a rule of woodworking by doing this? How would you have done this?
I’ve attached my drawing so you can see what i mean.
If you're concerned only with that little bit of stile profile extending below the bottom rail, then extending the horizontal line of the rail half an inch or so into the stile before starting the leg taper will take care of that problem.
Well, what I had in mind was cutting into the stile horizontally, in line with the bottom of the rail in your original drawing, to the red vertical line representing the profile. That would require you to change the slope of your legs, but is that a problem? I see two problems with your second drawing: a) the side rail and associated arc now extend below the comparable pieces on the front; and 2) the juncture of stile and rail looks too complicated.A quick sketch (not to your scale) illustrates my suggestion.
ok, i what you are saying...i'll do a test and see how it looks.ThanksMW
Can you use a "lamds tongue" as a detail?? This will enable you to keep your construction method, might have to increase stock thickness, to 7/8(?) and start your grooves closer to the inside face. Route the profile detail in.
Got a review here in the Fine Woodworking Books/Video Critique Blog-
i don't have the luxury of stock that thick. I'm working with raw cherry that on'y 7/8's to begin with
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