|Forum topic by toddbeaulieu||posted 148 days ago||944 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
148 days ago
As with everything I attempt, I spend the first few weeks struggling with design decisions. Hoping someone can point me to a plan/drawings/photos or whatever of something that might help me. I have the next few days off and would love to be able to start working, instead of throwing out design after design!
I am building a medium sized bench with tressels and legs/stretchers. Cherry base and beech top. Here is the actual plan I’m basing mine off of:
The plans call for a plywood cabinet sitting between the stretchers with 3 rows of drawers (two each side). So it’s about 40” long, by 17” tall, by 17” deep.
I actually have cherry plywood that I got a steal on a while back, but I’d really like to stick with hardwood. I have a ton of smaller cherry boards that I want to use. I have the milling equipment.
I’ve spent HOURS trying to design this thing. I think my basic idea for the sides and back are ok, with frame and panel (going for shaker look). I should be able to do panels up to around 11”, but worse case I can glue.
I could make this really long all the ideas and problems clogging my head, but you wouldn’t read it. I’ll try to be quick:
- Thickness – if I mill to 3/4” stiles, how do I join the sides/back? I’d hate to pocket screw, after all the hand done mortise/tenon/pegs I used on the base! I have more thick cherry that I can use for the corner stiles to allow for mortising the back into the ends.
- Top? Not sure what to do here and how to join it. Frame/panel?
- Front? The biggest question. Do I make another frame/panel section for the center? What about horizontal runners? I want minimal intrusion into the drawer space since this is a pretty small cabinet.
The plywood box has none of these problems because it has no face and the four sides are mitered with splines. I don’t like rabbeting the back in, though. I think it would be out of character with the bench. Finally, I worry that plywood would be out of character, and also more fragile.
Any suggestions? Thank you!