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02-13-2012 07:23 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wardrobe biscuit joints veneer

Hi all,

I am just planning a built in open wardrobe for a dressing room. The unit will be quite big as we intend to fill one wall, perhaps 3m in length with various hanging space, drawers and shelves from floor to ceiling height. I could use some advice on construction and materials.

I am about to buy a biscuit jointer, if this is going to serve me well for this project, as i’m sure it will come in handy in the future too. The main question i have is about the suitability of biscuit jointing the shelves for the unit. The uprights will probably be 18mm veneered board and the shelves the same. Is biscuit jointing the shelves to the vertical members the preferred method of fixing or should i look towards a jointing method instead.

In the past i have routed a rabbet into the uprights and sunk shelves into the surface by approx 5mm. Does anybody think that this is going to be better than using the biscuit jointing method for strength and stability. My concern is that i will lose rigidity in the uprights if i have two shelves at the same point on opposite sides of an upright and biscuits will be simpler to work with.

As for materials, I was assuming that veneered MDF and glue on edge banding is the standard approach for this sort of thing (i have done this before with some success, but it was a bit of a fiddle). Any advice or links to diagrams of this sort of thing would be most helpful.

Thanks in advance for your help,


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