I have been progressing along on this project, and have had a lot of revisions to the original file, and at this point I would consider it to be complete. You can download the v2 file from the link in the original post. There were a lot of small adjustments, and finishing all of the sizing/joinery on the lid. I also added the Rockler spring-loaded hinges and resized the top trim to fit.
I am using the Cutlist 4 plugin for Sketchup, so with all the joinery, it produces correct dimensions for all of the components to be cut.
I haven’t posted any pics since the process up to this point has been already covered pretty thoroughly in other blogs.
Accomplished So Far:
I am using 1/2” cherry/mdf for the panels. The interior will be lined with a 1/4” red/ceder ply. The bottom was vacuum packed and the top panel was also vacuum packed with a 5.2mm Baltic Birch core to come out at almost exactly 1” thick. It will appear to be 100% cherry/cedar, even from the bottom, and I shouldn’t have a problem with wood movement. The plugs in the top will be more decorative.
I didn’t like how the original posts came out of the 8/4 board, and quarter-sawn Cherry is nearly unobtainable and definitely price prohibitive. I made the mistake of scrapping one edge on my first cuts, leaving a combination of straight grain and a character side. I chose a different board and left the scrap in the center to get the straightest grain possible on the exposed edges. Did this make any sense at all?
I bought some Ebony from the bargain bin and have cut square dowels to make the different sized plugs. I should post a picture to show how rough the pieces are, but when you only need it for plugs you can start with almost anything.
I have all of the hardwood cut to length and routed/mortised. I will post some pictures in the next week or so once I can dry-fit the pieces and it starts to take shape. It looks like it is going to work!
I am also finalizing my design for the nightstands..