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Forum topic by James Gallo posted 03-16-2016 05:35 PM 463 views 1 time favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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James Gallo

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03-16-2016 05:35 PM

I have built my first large furniture project, a bridal chest (44”L x 23 1/2”W x 22”h), made from Sapele (frame) and African Mahogany (panels). Now I am focusing on the lid, which is where my problem lies. I was going to make the lid from quarter sawn ribbon stripe Sapele to match the frame, however, I could not locally source that material, and mail order proved to be too expensive.
So I purchased 3/4” Baltic Birch plywood, and veneered it with the ribbon striped Sapele paper backed veneer using contact cement.
My plan is to frame this plywood lid with African Mahogany with miter joints and tongue and groove joints. I plan on using my newly acquired Freud 99-036 adjustable tongue and groove bit to accomplish this.

My question is, how do I go about framing this panel (19 3/4” x 41”), using
2 1/4” rail and stile pieces, with an overhang of 3/4” on sides and front, leaving me with tight miters and joints?

I don’t have much experience with miter joints, especially on this large scale, and I’m afraid I’m going to screw this up. Is there a method that will assure me an accurate job? I have done some research on this, but I would like to get some input from some of you on this forum. Do I cut the miters on the long pieces first? Should I build a miter shooting board (no experience)? Should I reinforce the miters with loose tenons or dowels? Should I glue the tongue and groove joints?

Thanks for any and all guidance that you might offer.

Jim

-- Jg, Pittsburgh


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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 03-16-2016 05:44 PM

Don’t use miter joints, make it like the panels on the sides.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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James Gallo

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#2 posted 03-16-2016 05:53 PM

I was thinking about doing it that way, but I know that chests are sometimes used as a place to sit and I am worried about the small stub tenons giving out. Plus that frame & panel wouldn’t be much comfort on the butt.

-- Jg, Pittsburgh

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runswithscissors

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#3 posted 03-16-2016 10:13 PM

Splines would be one way to strengthen the miters.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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James Gallo

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#4 posted 03-17-2016 11:10 AM

I decided to go with M & T joints.

-- Jg, Pittsburgh

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#5 posted 03-17-2016 12:04 PM

Does the tongue of the T & G go on the frame or panel?

-- Jg, Pittsburgh

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runswithscissors

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#6 posted 03-17-2016 07:28 PM

Tongue should be on the panel.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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James Gallo

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#7 posted 03-17-2016 10:17 PM

Thanks

-- Jg, Pittsburgh

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