I have never quite been sure what the rule of thumb is for floating panels in box tops.
I am relying on some of you seasoned folks on this one. I know there are a lot of different opinions on the application of floating panels. When is it necessary? When is it not? Are there certain sizes, widths, woods, or thicknesses that you can get away with without floating the panel?
I have not made enough boxes to know from experience. As you can tell from my projects, I pretty much try something totally different every time. I have made a few different types of floating panels. I have used those little rubber balls, or just wedged it in. I have read several different approaches to floating panels.
One problem I have had with large panel box tops is that the front of the frame (on the box top) is so long, skinny, and unsupported since it is not actually attached to the panel that it tends to twist or bow out. It sometimes doesn’t align with the box front even though it was cut from the same piece of wood… I have mostly used the method of building the box in one piece and then cutting the lid off (separating it) on the bandsaw.
I have seen fairly high-quality, commercially made “handmade” jewelry boxes in a local artisan’s gallery. They were probably 10”x12” but didn’t have floating panels in the tops. Doesn’t this defy the laws of the universe? Or did they use wood from Mars that doesn’t move?
Do you have any advice for me?
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