|Forum topic by BinghamtonEd||posted 01-05-2016 08:46 PM||721 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
01-05-2016 08:46 PM
I am currently building a conductors’ rostrum for my wife’s high school. If you’re not familiar with what this is, think of it as a small table, 34”x34” and about 8-9” tall, and the band conductor stands on this while they’re conducting. I’m about 3/4 done with the base, which has spalted maple aprons and cherry legs.
The top will be a square of 3/4” plywood. I will be covering the top with grey carpet, the really short type that is commonly sold as trunk liner for your car. I plan to use contact cement to adhere it. I would like to trim out the top with cherry. The issue I’m pondering is, how to design this trim such that it will overlap the carpet (to hide and protect the the carpet edge), and be able to be stepped on without breaking.
My current thought is to cut a shallow rabbet, maybe 1/4”, around the top of the plywood. Then cut the trim as pictured below. Then, glue the trim in place, mitered at the corners. I don’t suspect there will be an issue gluing this narrow of a piece to the plywood, I’ve glued wider pieces of 1/8” thick walnut to plywood for a fake frame & panel look, and that’s going on 4 years without any issue. The top is going to be pocket-screwed to the base, so it will be replaceable if it needs replacing after the years. The only potential issue I see here is the thin part that overlaps the carpet being susceptible to cracking, I would like to keep it at 1/8” thick there. But, if I cut the trim accurately, I may be able to get it to sit tight to the top/carpet, which would provide support.
If anyone has any other ideas, please do share them.
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