Greene inspired Night Stand #11: Dust Panel construction - Thinking out loud

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Blog entry by ChicoWoodnut posted 04-29-2008 04:27 AM 2269 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am ready to start constructing the dust panel for this project. Having never made a dust panel I am trying to think through the joinery. Who knows, maybe I’ll answer my own question while writing this post.

Here is the exploded drawing of the dust panel from my SU model. You can click on the image to see the whole thing but this end is just like the other :)

Exploded Dust Panel

Here is a cutaway jpeg of the dust panel in the case.

What I am unsure of is how to join the drawer runners to the legs (both front and rear). Right now I am thinking pocket joinery. I suppose I could lay them in with M&T but that seems like overkill for a piece that will not bee seen. It might also complicate my glueup. (Although I do intend to start by assembling the sides)

The other problem I am having is how to join the dust panel back and sides. After I assemble and glue up the sides of the case, I will need to assemble the case back and dust panel in the next step of the glueup. But how do I attach it?

Looking for input. (Dang, I didn’t figure it out yet)

-- Scott - Chico California

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#1 posted 04-29-2008 04:52 AM

I would think that the dust panel would be dadoed into the case with a blind dado. The drawer runners could
also be dadoed into the legs.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 04-29-2008 05:02 AM

What is the project. I typically dont’ use dust panels, but dust frames. They are used in order to keep a project square but yet lightweight rather than a solid frame divider. I have my students use pocket hole due to simplicity and quickness.

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#3 posted 04-29-2008 06:21 AM

Scott: You might look to Lang’s Book for ideas …Also you might ask D Mathias (sp) who has finished a Gamble Entry table …he is a lumberjock…

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#4 posted 04-29-2008 07:50 AM

I downloaded a copy of Gary Rogowski’s article on building an arts and crafts sideboard from FWW. He shows how he mounts a dust panel. I can send you the .pdf if you want. Shoot me your e-mail. (he also shows how to make hidden compartments under the dust panel, if you need to hide things from shop dwarfs…)

The other articles I have show a dust frame, but no panels. I can send those as well if you like.

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#5 posted 04-29-2008 02:05 PM

I’ve built several cases with simmilar construction & have had good luck with making the end boards of the dust panel wide & cutting a rabbit to set a matching rabbit on the drawer runner. the resulting joint has lots of long grain glue surface for strength. The drawer runner then does not have to attach directly to the legs or the side panel. The joint at the center- rear could be a pocket screw for simplicty or fit into a dado, or you could add a glue block.


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#6 posted 04-29-2008 04:23 PM

I agree with Robb – Rogawski’s article in FWW has good photos and description of making the dust panel.

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#7 posted 04-29-2008 04:47 PM

Thanks all. These are all great food for thought.

Robb, You jogged my memory. I actually have Rogowski’s sideboard in my copy of FWW “In the Craftsman Style”. I will give it a look later this afternoon.


-- Scott - Chico California

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