Since I have large round-overs around the counter top, My T-square jig won’t work the same as it did for the shelves. I won’t be able to line up the notch with my cut. I cut down a block to the exact distance from the edge of the router base to the far side of the router bit. I line this block up on my mark, and clamp the T-square down.
This locates my cut perfectly in line with the edge of my dado. I made three passes with the 1/4″ router bit to create the dado, then cleaned up the bottom of the dado and squared up the ends with a chisel.
I repeated the process on all four dados.
I applied glue to the inside of the grooves with a stiff brush, then flipped the counter top over and pressed it into place. I used my brad nailer to toe-nail the vertical panels to the shelf, to hold it while the glue dries.
With the top done, I moved on to cutting out the trim for the inside of the desk. Most of the pieces will be 2-1/4″ wide. Just wide enough to cover up the pocket hole screws.
I applied glue to the backs of each piece of trim and attached them with 1-1/4″ brads.
I finished trimming the left side first, then I trimmed out the main inside area, top and bottom. I also placed vertical trim at the corners and one in the middle to cover the plywood seam.
Before trimming the cabinet area, I created a 1-3/4″ base at the bottom, then placed a piece of 3/4″ oak plywood on top of it.
Next, I trimmed out the rest of the inside, then added a face piece to the top and bottom.
The last two vertical pieces will have a fully rounded over edge to match the piece on the far right. I rounded over two pieces on the router table, then glued and nailed them in place.
Well it is coming up on midnight again, and I have had a long day. I am going to leave the shelf and cabinet door for the weekend. That and finishing are all that is left on this project.