I could use some advice on the best sequence of assembly steps please. The
picture below shows the top to a hall table. The top is a simple frame made
up of 1 1/4" thick, 2" wide pieces of mahogany. It's not solid - there's
going to be an veneer inlay in the middle.
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The joints are 45* miters (mitres) and I'll probably use biscuits to
reinforce them. I don't want to use splines for aesthetic purposes.
I plan to put some strong bevels on the top's frame. I'm wondering how most
of you would sequence the steps:
- cut the bevels and then glue up the frame?
- glue up the frame and then cut the bevels?
I'm tempted to cut the bevels first and then glue up
+ I won't have to wrestle the big frame through the table saw to cut the
+ I won't have to worry about exposing a biscuit while cutting the bevel
- But I won't have nice, large 90* corners to grab with band clamps and
- There's probably a good chance the bevels on the miters will be off a
So - if I want to make the miters nice and snug, seems to me I'd be better
served by gluing it up first. The clamps will have nice, big, non-beveled
edges to grab onto. But then I'd have to wrestle the pretty good sized
frame through the table saw. But I could fashion a nice large and high
Which one would you guys/gals do?
Bevels and then assemble?
Or assemble and then bevels?