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Forum topic by Mark posted 05-27-2015 04:29 PM 636 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-27-2015 04:29 PM

Morning all. I’m kinda concerned about how to attach the bottom of the hutch portion of the Hutch and Buffet project I’m working on. The bottom will be solid 3/4 Cherry. 4 pcs 3”wide glued up as like a table top. This will rest inside a frame. My concern is . How do I compensate for wood movement with out having unsightly gaps on the front and back. Any thoughts would be great. Thanks.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 05-27-2015 04:35 PM

Recess the panel in a rabbit that is deep enough to allow for the wood movement.

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#2 posted 05-27-2015 04:44 PM

Make it a floating panel as suggested by Kazooman.

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#3 posted 05-27-2015 04:46 PM

Mark, just to add to Kazooman’s response, you can estimate the required depth of the rabbet groove using the Shrinkulator. If you need more depth than a back rabbet, you can also make the front one extra deep. If you use only a back rabbet only apply glue to the front of the panel. If you use front and back rabbets, then only apply glue to the middle 2” of each end. I would finish the panel before assembling the carcass.

-- Art

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#4 posted 05-27-2015 04:53 PM,44296&p=58675

I know it’s not a door but someone may benefit from the Panel Barrels.

“These spacers keep floating panels centered.

Made from non-staining natural rubber, they have excellent elasticity, allowing them to compress or relax as the wood moves, keeping panels rattle-free.”

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#5 posted 05-27-2015 05:32 PM

Won’t you have the same issue with the top? How is it attached to the case?

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#6 posted 05-27-2015 07:52 PM

Thanks for the fast and excellent suggestions gents.
Jeremy. Yes I have/ had the same issue with the top.
I like the wabbit idea.
Art. Thanks again for the Shrinkulator.

-- Mark

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