|Forum topic by BradMaynes||posted 09-30-2015 02:04 PM||392 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
09-30-2015 02:04 PM
So, I am most of the way through building an arts and crafts end table. I have significantly slowed down over the last week or so, and I’ve determined the reason. Okay, the reason OTHER than stopping to build a Dutch tool chest. The reason is that, while I’ve figured out joinery solutions for everything that has made me happy, this bottom shelf is killing me.
Though the table is not exactly the same as the image below, the shelf is similar enough for discussion purposes:
The question is how to mount the shelf. I’ve come up with a few options, none of which have thrilled me so far:
1. Stop dado, either to fit the shelf thickness itself, or a tongue from the shelf to hide the joinery a bit. I would cut the dado slightly oversize, and glue the shelf in only at the middle, to allow for seasonal expansion.
2. Tight mortise and tenon in the middle, loose mortise and tenons on the outside, glue only the middle M&T. Similar to the above, this would allow for seasonal expansion in the outside M&T’s.
If it’s relevant, I’m a hand-tool woodworker, and I’m looking to avoid “glue and screw” or “glue and screw and then cover up with plugs so it looks doweled”. I feel like either of the above solutions would work, and probably either would work relatively well. I just feel like I’m missing something for some reason, so I thought I’d ask if anyone had any other “correct” or more appropriate methods.
Also, I’m not thrilled at the prospect of doing a stop-dado by hand, which I feel like is almost certainly really the right answer. ;)
Thanks in advance,