|Forum topic by Stevedore||posted 09-18-2015 12:15 PM||852 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
09-18-2015 12:15 PM
I’m working on a mission style blanket chest, using frame & panel construction. (Working at a glacial pace, I might add!) I bought rough quartersawn white oak, and have been milling it to the sizes I need.
Originally, I thought to use plywood for the panels, but for a few reasons I decided to use solid QSWO. I settled on 3/8” thickness for the panels, and resawed some thicker boards to get the pieces I need. Although the original boards were quite straight, after resawing, the 2 resulting thinner boards were curved along their length. I’ve had this happen before; I’m guessing due to released internal stresses?
The panels will need to be glued up from 2 narrower pieces. My thoughts were to cut grooves in the edges of the pieces, and use splines in the joints both for alignment & added strength. However, after cutting the finished 3/8” stock to approximate lengths for the panels, the resulting pieces lay quite flat next to each other, with no noticeable curvature relative to each other.
So now I’m thinking I don’t really need the splined joints for alignment purposes, and I’m wondering if I really need them for any added strength in the glued joints. The glued edges will be about 10” long, and as I mentioned, the thickness is 3/8”. Is glue alone sufficient for these joints? There will be no stress to speak of on the panels, as they’re only in the front, back & sides of the chest. I’ll be using either Titebond II or III.
Thanks for your thoughts!
-- Steve, in Morris County, NJ