|Forum topic by Grantman||posted 05-29-2012 07:25 PM||6400 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
05-29-2012 07:25 PM
I’ve started to cut wood for a wooden briefcase. My original plan was to miter/bevel all six sides, glue them together to make a ‘solid block’ and then cut the top off. All sides would be smoothed with a 1/8” roundover bit for a ‘seamless’ look on the edges. Splines would be cut into the miters both for strength as well as decorative elements.
Then I started thinking about wood movement. I’ve made yoga blocks for my wife with this method and there’s been no cracking/movement at all in more than five years, but then, the boxes are only 5 inches wide and they don’t really go out of the house into different environments.
Am I foolish to plan it this way? Should I make a frame/panel with the top and bottom free floating in the sides much like a ‘traditional’ box?
The wood is a dense piece of canary wood. The dimensions will be 18 long x 13 wide x 4 or 4 1/2” high. I’m looking at planing the thickness down to perhaps 5/16” thick…maybe 1/4” as it’s pretty dense and hard and I don’t want it to be too heavy.