nightstand bedside table #2: gaps in the plans

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Blog entry by coloradoclimber posted 10-17-2008 08:12 AM 5020 reads 3 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Still working on redrawing the plans and I came across an anomaly. The back and sides are solid wood panels. The side panels fit tight edge to edge. The back panels have a 3/16 gap between the panels and the posts. I could believe the gap is for wood movement, sounds reasonable, but then why not in the sides. Both the back and the sides are similar grain orientation and both will be subject to movement. I suspect the real answer is that whoever drew up the original plans either wanted tight with no gaps and got it wrong on the back or wanted a gap for wood movement and got it wrong on the sides. Whichever it was it was immediately obvious as soon as I started putting the pieces together in sketchup.

I’ll add some gap on the sides and shrink up the gap on the back. Now that I have my own model I can size it any size I want and print a new set of dimensioned plans as needed.

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#1 posted 10-25-2008 02:52 PM

As much as I still need plans to build anything fancier that sawdust, I suspect this is why you should always build to what is in front of you, modifying measurements as the case develops to account for human and wood variations in construction. Build to the critical dimensions from the plan but then make drawers, panels etc fit the actual object not what the plan says it should be. My inexperienced 2 cents.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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