I have been working on a night stand on and off for months making slow progress.
I modeled the design after something I found but I wasn’t sure of the exact construction.
First I will admit this project is much harder than anything I have done so I am making mistakes and learning.
There are two “frames” inside that hold the two sides together to make up the structure.
The frames are made of four pieces with M&T joints which I have already made.
However I came to realize that when gluing the frames to the sides, the grains are perpendicular so the sides may expand / contract differently than the frame. The sides are made up of two white oak boards glued together and are 13.5” wide. I did some research and it seems they could change in width by 1/4 inch or more which was a real surprise to me. I believe the design I copied uses plywood for the sides so it isn’t a problem. I used solid wood because I got a bunch of it free. After some thought I think the best option may be to remake some of the frame pieces so that the grain runs the other direction matching the sides. See the piece with the blue tape in the picture below, it is about 10 inches long and I have boards wide enough to do this but will probably have to use loose tenons. I really want to glue the frames and sides together completely so that it is strong. Another option might be to just leave that piece out, but it might make gluing more difficult with more loose pieces and keeping things square. Another thing I didn’t realize is how heavy a piece of furniture made from solid wood is, in the future I might consider using more plywood for both the weight and wood expansion issues. Thanks for any advise.
-- Joel, Encinitas, CA