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Forum topic by siouxdawgs0409 posted 707 days ago 523 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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siouxdawgs0409

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707 days ago

Hello all…This may be a simple question for someone. I am building a small cabinet type porject. It has a solid wood top and bottom as well as sides and a back. The front contains two small doors that open. Approx size is 15 inches tall 31 wide and 19 deep. My plan is to run the grain from side to side on the top and bottom and then the sides will be run vertical so that the changes in moisture will allow all the wood to move together. The sides are going to be joined to the top and bottom with a routed dado in the top and bottom because the top and bottom are slightly larger and will hang over the side edge a few inches. What would the orientation on the grain on the back be? Vertical like the sides? And would a routed dado in the top and bottom with a rabet or mitre in the sides work to join it all together? Will this technique cause stress when the conditions change and the piece has movement? Thank you in advance.


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HerbC

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#1 posted 707 days ago

Are you going to use solid wood for the back? if so, rather gluing up a panel, use individual pieces, with shiplap joint to join the boards. Use small brads to attach the back boards. This will compensate for the wood movement in the back.

Good Luck!

Be Careful!

Herb

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JesseTutt

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#2 posted 707 days ago

If no one is going to see the back, then standard practice is to use a 1/4” plywood veneer for the back. You could use groves and rubber spacers to compensate for any movement of the sides.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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siouxdawgs0409

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#3 posted 707 days ago

Can the ship lap be mounted in a dado or rabbet at the top and bottom? Basically to hide the endgrain at the top.

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