Building a Credenza #7: Finished Assembling the Case

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Preparing for Assembly

These are the short “stretchers” that go along the sides.


The rabbet on the inside is for the plywood bottom to rest on.


Now, up to this point grain orientation on every piece of the case construction is “correct” in relationship to its self. These stretchers on the bottom of the side pieces are the first members that could potentially CONSTRICT seasonal movement of the side pieces.

If I permanently attach these pieces at both ends, the sides will push apart the legs when they expand, and split or pull apart from the legs when they contract.

So to account for this…

  • Glue, dowels and one screw at the front end of the stretcher where it attaches to the front leg
  • No glue along the length of the stretcher where it rests along the side piece
  • Horizontal dowels attach the rear of the stretcher to the back leg by friction only (no glue)
  • There is a small gap between the rear of the stretcher and the back leg to allow for movement
  • At the front end of the stretcher there is NO gap

Aligning the dowels:



The gap (remember, this will be at the bottom rear of the cabinet so you will never notice it)


Attaching the front legs and stretcher

More dowels will attach the front legs:


After pressing the legs against the dowel aligners and drilling I drilled the holes into the legs. One of the dowels serves a dual purpose… it pins the tenon of the stretcher. How cool is that?


The “pinned tenon” goin’ in:





And it all goes together:



These 3/4” X 3/4” strips will strengthen the top so it is rigid enough for a heavy TV. They act like I-beams. They are glued and screwed to the underside of the top.


And the case is pretty much finished!


Total Building Time So Far: 53 hours

-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 1541 days ago

Woah, this is moving very quickly,
and is looking mighty FAB if I may say so.
Awesome work Blake : )


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#2 posted 1541 days ago

Thanks for this Blog Blake .Really good photo layout and very interesting build and Design. Look forward to more progress.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 1541 days ago

Double on the Rad!


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 1541 days ago

Looks great! Love the legs….the tables not yours??

-- Chris Adkins,

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#5 posted 1540 days ago

And one very heavy sucker too… but well built will last several lifetimes I am sure…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#6 posted 1540 days ago

Looks good.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#7 posted 1540 days ago

Very nice Blake! A great story! I notice there is a discoloration on one of the legs. I assumed it was water, but it is in every picture. Is that a test for finish?

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 1540 days ago

I was wondering if anybody was going to notice that.

That happened from the pressure of clamping during assembly. I think it might be moisture from the wood squeezing up to the surface? I am not really sure. I am sure it will disappear when I sand/scrape the surface.

-- Happy woodworking!

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Damian Penney

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#9 posted 1540 days ago

This is really coming together nicely Blake – mine still just looks like a big pile of wood :) I like how you keep track of the hours definitely going to start doing that myself.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#10 posted 1538 days ago

This is looking great Blake and love the blog. The Jatoba is beautiful and I can’t wait to see it finished. What would you estimate the weight to be at this point?

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#11 posted 1538 days ago

The weight is maybe 80-100 lbs so far??? Its still just a shell though.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#12 posted 1537 days ago

Solid as a rock and looks like it will last several generations! Cannot wait till you start on the drawers and doors. This is coming together nicely. I have the same issue with my clamps leaving those marks and they do sand out.

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#13 posted 1525 days ago

Blake, i have thoroughly enjoyed this build so far! i check back everyday to see if there has been any progress! very much looking forward to the next entry.

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#14 posted 1525 days ago

Glad to hear it Toby, thanks a lot.

-- Happy woodworking!

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