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Forum topic by bandit571 posted 02-01-2011 06:32 PM 644 views 1 time favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-01-2011 06:32 PM

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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/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.

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#1 posted 02-01-2011 06:37 PM

Hmmm, a picture didn’t show up? Maybe on someone else’s screen. Everything in these three posts detail what I do when making a chest of drawers. IF all the wood is on hand in the morning, I’m this far along by lunchtime. The Old Fart that runs the shop don’t like it when I take “breaks”. That “old guy”? That’s me. If everybody likes this little story so far, I might have some more to post.

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#2 posted 02-01-2011 07:54 PM

Let’s try that again

With the top panel in place.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#3 posted 02-01-2011 08:51 PM

What is your objection to solid wood??

For the top of a chest, It would seem to be a more durable and useful surface??

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#4 posted 02-01-2011 09:30 PM

I have used a few solid wood ones. Some worked well, other just blew apart. Most of the chest of drawers I’ve sold over the years were for people just starting out. The chest of drawers was expected to go along every time they moved. I had to come up with a way to sell that feature of my work. When they would ask : “Is it sturdy enough?” I simply just got up and sat on the top. SOLD! Just a pile of pine boards, but it will stand up to about anything they could do to it. And this was when I was charging just $20 PER drawer. I recently saw a couple of my first ones, a few coats of paint ( not my idea) and a dent here, and there, but still working out for them, 20 years later. Not too bad?

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