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03-22-2012 12:12 PM

Topic tags/keywords: case mission style cabinet frame and panel

I am building a few mission style radiator covers for a friend. I’ve done several mission beds before with M&T, slats… what I cant figure out for this project is how to attach the sides to the legs.

The legs will be 2.5” square, the sides will be solid white oak flat panels. I can make them frame and panel, but the photo he showed me doesn’t look like they did that. What is the best way to attach the sides? Considering this is a radiator I offered to make the sides just like the front but he wants whats in the picture.

If I make a frame, I’m not sure how the stiles will connect to the legs, the rails will be M&T but what will i do with the stiles? Would I just run a dado from top mortise to bottom mortise and then put a tongue on the outside of my stiles? Not sure what to do here.

Any help would be appreciated.

-- Scott

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#1 posted 03-22-2012 12:24 PM

Cut a groove and slide the panel in. If I understand you correctly. Dado the legs.

I believe the term is a stopped dado.

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#2 posted 03-22-2012 12:36 PM

Scott, what waho said or use pocket whole joinery on the inside with glue.

-- Guy Kroll

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#3 posted 03-22-2012 12:49 PM

If the legs are sollid you can;

1.) Use a stopped Dado in the leg. (stopped at the bottum of each panel)

2.) Use Pocket Hole Screw Joinery to attach the 3 panels, 4 if there will be a back. (no need for back panel)

Either way you will want to use corner bracing as you would with a larger table, attaching legs to aprons, in this case legs to styles.

Last, but not least, allow for movement caused by constant heating and cooling, when attaching the top to the side panels.

Best Wishes for a Successful build.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#4 posted 03-22-2012 02:00 PM

Thanks guys, thats kinda what I imagined. I think I’ll use a top and bottom rail with a groove, stopped dadoes in the legs, and slide the panel in almost like a frame and panel except the legs will act as stiles. That sound ok?

-- Scott

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#5 posted 03-22-2012 03:04 PM

Yeppers, plan your work and then work your plan.

You da man Scott!

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