|Forum topic by Horseapiece||posted 158 days ago||551 views||1 time favorited||7 replies|
158 days ago
I am a newby woodworker and am trying to make a 17th century Spanish colonial box like the picture in the first link at the bottom of this post. The question I have is about attaching the bottom. should I simply use pins? since we cannot see the inside of the box, I have no idea how it was attached. A local friend explained that wood will tend to spread sideways and since we are not using quarter sawn wood and with the normal shrinkage and expansion, it will most likely crack or split if we simply put pins in and glue it to the sides. He suggested a housed joint, but that would hide the bottom altogether from view, even if it is stronger and better “looking”, it would not be how THIS chest is designed.
We are using southern yellow poplar or tulip wood at 4 quarter milled to 7/8 inch.
Looking at these pictures, do you have any idea how the bottom was attached and how we might do so ourselves so that the bottom is seen from the outside as in the picture?
I thought of a mortise and tenon joint from the sides down into the bottom, or perhaps a half lap joint, or perhaps a strengthened joint using a block running along the inside of the chest.
another woodworker suggest just nailing it, but I would rather try joinery or pins and glue to keep the chest more authentically constructed. Anyone with suggestions ….?
here are the links to pictures.