|Forum topic by BuyoMasilla||posted 12-03-2011 04:35 PM||1263 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
12-03-2011 04:35 PM
Greetings Fellow Lumberjocks,
Perhaps somewhat like you, my reality is such that cost is a major factor to consider at most turns of life. Self perception is not always accurate, or is it ever? I don’t consider myself boastful or prideful. I also try to be honest, especially to myself, so at the end of the day as they say, I say I’m cheap. I’m not claiming to be the most frugal and know that I can be and am wasteful at times.
I feel the potential of wasting coming my way.
I will be building a blanket chest for our oldest daughter. As the planning went, the first step was to find wood. True to my cheap self, I found a mess of laminated hickory cheap. That wood is heavy. Given this, I ponder, how thin can I go and keep structural strength in the project?
Unfortunately I’m not as organized, or skilled, or detail oriented, or many other things as I wish I were. The project is not all laid out in paper but rather floating in my head. I have four “posts” for legs that right now are about 1.5” square of solid hickory. Those will be tapered at the bottom 4” or so. To this stile and rails (whose dimensions have not been decided upon) holding raised panels of laminated hickory will be attached. I’m thinking of one panel ends and three panels front and back of possibly the same size panels might work. For the top maybe a slab of the lamination with rounded edges, or “bread board” around the lamination.
I have cut some pieces for stiles and rails but am thinking of laying them on their side at the table saw and resawing them to a thiner size. How thin do you think I’ll be able to go? I’m thinking of aiding the joinery with pocket holes.
How about on the raised panels? I might be able to resaw those on the bandsaw. How thin would you go?
I have tried to embed some images of the material, not sure if it worked.
Your comments are encouraged and appreciated. Feel free to add ideas on finishing, designing, actual milling/working/processing.
Thanks for reading and your time, Buyo Masilla
-- Dreaming of the day I might joint two pieces of wood square..........