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Forum topic by siouxdawgs0409 posted 07-05-2012 11:42 PM 539 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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siouxdawgs0409

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07-05-2012 11:42 PM

I am looking at building something very similiar to this. I am making a few modifications such as doors instead of a drawer and some other slight changes. Since the dimensions of this case are wider than it is tall something around 21” tall x 31” wide x 20” d. I am looking at running the sides in a cross grain fashion. I have seen it done in other furniture I just am not sure of the joinery used. How would I deal with this situation? Could I run a post and panel type construction? In this case is it necessary to have a top or bottom rail (as in panel and frame common on doors)? Also how would the top and bottom be joined since the grain on that would be running side to side? I would appreciate any good sources for info. Thank you


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Clint Searl

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#1 posted 07-06-2012 12:08 AM

I would make the sides solid with the grain running vertically so it would move in unison with the top.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#2 posted 07-06-2012 12:21 AM

I agree with Clint, as to run the grain sideways on the sides will mean that the top/bottom must be allowed to move relative to them and that will reduce the rigidness of the case. Not worth it I would say.

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siouxdawgs0409

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#3 posted 07-06-2012 06:47 PM

Thanks guys I think I will lean in your direction.

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siouxdawgs0409

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#4 posted 07-06-2012 11:16 PM

It looks like the top and bottom are slabs of wood. What would be some joinery technique I could use to attach them to the sides?

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#5 posted 07-07-2012 04:37 PM

Since the top and bottom extend past the sides, you could route grooves in both and epoxy the sides into them.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#6 posted 07-07-2012 05:22 PM

Attach the top just as you would any table top to its frame, ie. buttons, figure eight fasteners or table top fasteners. If you do that it makes no difference which way the grain on the sides run.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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