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423 days ago
I’m making a cedar chest from scrap wood I rescued from the Home Depot cull bin. Obviously this isn’t the best quality wood, but on the other hand I can make a 18×16x34 chest for about $20 worth of wood – and as you can see it cleaned up pretty nicely, with some TLC. I’m using 1×4 planks, edge jointed on the table saw and joined with glue and biscuits.
The chest will be used indoors, but I live in Minnesota and I’m not sure how much wood expansion I have to worry about. Thus, I have a three questions.
First: I’d like to make a solid cedar lid with a mitered frame, with a lip around the underside edge of the frame so there is no visible gap line when the chest is shut. I was thinking of joining the frame to the panel with glue and either pocket screws or biscuits. Will this work (and if so, should I use screws or biscuits), or will wood movement pop the frame at some point? If wood movement will be a problem, what’s the easiest way to add a mitered frame around a panel this size?
Second: if a mitered frame isn’t feasible and I end up just using a panel for the lid, could I still put a lip around the underside of the panel (and if so, how should I join)? My only concern there is that panel movement might pop the side lips.
Third: I’d like to use a solid cedar panel for the bottom. Same question – will wood movement eventually be a problem? And if it will work, how should I join the bottom to the carcase – can I just glue it and screw up from underneath? Should I rabbet the edge of the bottom panel? Should I use pocket screws or biscuits?
I’m going to add decorative trim around the bottom, so the edge of the bottom panel won’t be visible – meaning I can use plywood for the bottom, if necessary. But I’d prefer cedar as a matter of personal pride, since I’d have to use plywood with a veneer other than cedar (although this might not matter because I may line the interior with click-lock aromatic cedar).
I’m more concerned about the top. On the one hand, I’d really like a nice mitered frame with an underside lip, but on the other I have limited time and so I’m not sure I would be able to do anything fancy, like a floating frame-and-panel (e.g. like a cabinet door).
-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.