How to attach a top piece to a chest

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Forum topic by Redford1947 posted 02-08-2011 10:19 PM 925 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-08-2011 10:19 PM

Could use some help from you experts. I am just about completed with a solid maghony chest. I want to attach a back rest with side arms to the lid. I don’t want to just run a rabbit along the edges as I want to route a decorative edge to the sides and front which extend 1 1/2 inches from the edges. Not sure I am comfortable trying to route a dado two inches in from the side. would it be sturdy enough if I just attach a cleat of some sort on the underside? Any other suggetions?


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#1 posted 02-08-2011 11:59 PM

Mortise and tenon. Biscuits may work, depending on the characteristics
of your design. Dowels are used a lot in commercial chairs and furniture -
if done accurately they are a good way to make an invisible joint with
decent durability characteristics. Of course mortise and tenon can take
more abuse than dowels, which is why some people advocate so strongly
for dominos or whatever, but used wisely dowels are quick, clean and
strong enough for many applications.

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