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Arts and Crafts Nightstand #2: Web Frames and Back Panel

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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 05-20-2013 07:46 PM 1479 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Side panels and Arched Lower Rail Part 2 of Arts and Crafts Nightstand series Part 3: Dovetails »

Here is the design for the nightstand….

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I set about notching stock for the web frames. I use a dado blade, however a bandsaw would work too.

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The web frames are joined with biscuits, and checked with a straightedge.

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Web frames and more web frames…

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One or two of the joints needed a few passes with a block plane.

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I glued the lower front rail in place, connecting the two side panels. It’s amazing how much strength a through M&T joint has.

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Milling shallow dados in the back panel. The dados will receive the web frames.

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Leaving the web frame assemblies slightly oversized allows me to square them after the glueup. Be aware that any trimming you do can affect the fit of the corner notches.

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Test fitting web frames. I sized them for a 3/16” setback to match the lower rail.

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Remember to leave the web frames long enough to fill the dados in the back panel.

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The front through tenons are real, while the rear tenons are faux. I have two reasons for using faux tenons there: 1. I want the strength of a plywood back panel without having to allow for wood movement, and 2. The way my dressers and nightstands are assembled require space to swing the web frames in place (a solid rear stretcher would be it the way).

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Pegged mortise and tenon joints in front.

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Here is a link to my dresser blog, which features very similar construction techniques.
http://lumberjocks.com/pintodeluxe/blog/33381

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#1 posted 05-20-2013 08:20 PM

Looking great so far!

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#2 posted 05-20-2013 09:04 PM

Looking good!

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