I’m making the plans for my first project and I have a few questions. I hope some of you nice folks can help me.
I have some basic knowledge from a year of shop way back in high school, as well as some experience in framing and trim carpentry from remodeling my home. This will be my first foray into making furniture.
I’ve decided to make some radiator covers for the house. Below is a sketchup of my plan.
My questions are as follows:
- I’m planning on painting them, so I’m thinking of using solid 3/4 poplar. Is this a good choice?
- in the sketchup, each of the corner pieces was drawn with a 3”x3” ‘post’. Obviously I’m not going to use a solid 3×3 post for the real thing. What’s a good technique for this? Is it as simple as joining 4 panels on each side? If I do this, will the seams be noticeable under the paint?
- since each of the slats is recessed 1/4” on the rails (is this called a reveal?), I was thinking I’d still use strips of 3/4” thick stock which are longer than the actual span, and cut a 1/2” rabbet on each end, securing the ‘tongue’ to the back of the rail. Does this make sense? Is there a better way to do it?
- what’s the best way to join all of these pieces? I don’t own a biscuit joiner, but I will get one considering if this goes well, I have a whole host of other projects i’d like to tackle ;). Again, since none of the joints are edge-to-edge, what is the best way to get a joint that is flush and square/parallel to the edges?
Thanks in advance!