|Forum topic by bandit571||posted 02-01-2011 06:32 PM||852 views||1 time favorited||4 replies|
02-01-2011 06:32 PM
Every case needs a top, of some sort. Over the years, I’ve tried some with all solid wood, and some solid edged plywood thingys. I keep going back to a frame to hold a thin plywood panel. I rest the panel in rabbets all around, and nail and glue it in place. Plywood won’t move ( much) and any movement of the solid wood frame is on the outside of the frame. I make a stepped miter joint at the corners, and screw the miter together. A picture or two:!https://s3.amazonaws.com/vs-lumberjocks.com/lfy5dt8.jpg!
Lately, I’ve been adding a stretcher in the middle of the frame. This gives a bit more support to the panel, plus helps keep the frame’s sides from bow out. Stretcher just sits in a dovetail at each end. That wide rabbet at each end also adds support to the panel. It also helps line up the miteredrabbets in the corners. Once i have the frame built, a screw will also go through this area, and into the corner post below. Afterall, this is where most people pick the case up by.
A look at the back of the frame. If you look closely, you’ll see the screw in the corner. I guess next would be a panel for this top. I usually use just 1/4” plywood here. I’ve been using Luann, mainly for the grain patterns I can get. Well, more next time.
-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use