|Forum topic by RickRinger||posted 04-06-2013 03:07 PM||1410 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
04-06-2013 03:07 PM
I’m getting ready to build a shadow box coffee table for my wife. It will be similar, but not exactly like this one:
I’m struggling with what the best way is to do the corners. Also whether to put the glass in the top of the table, or under the table. Here are my considerations:
Overlap or Bridal joint. I like this because of the strength and the fact that it gives me a lot of glue-up surface to help keep the lid strong as a unit.
Mitered corners with a spline. This in some ways is simpler. It also allows me more freedom to rabbet my inset for glass. I fear that it wouldn’t be as strong as the above option.
Mortise & Tenon: I like this, and I’m able to make a tenon pretty decently. I don’t have a mortising machine, and I’m concerned about getting the surfaces all flush so they look perfect. This may in some ways be the smartest option, but perhaps the least functional for me personally.
I’m not sure whether to rabbet out the frame on the top so that I can drop the glass down into the frame, or whether to do the rabbets underneath.
From the top gives me more security against the glass dropping down and falling. But getting the corners clean may be a challenge. If I rabbet the entire length of the stiles and rails, I will have a problem where they meet.
I’m planning on using 1×4 rails ripped down to 1×3 dimension (my table saw blade can only go to just over 3” in height. And I’m planning on using poplar and staining the project.
I’m planning on using 3/8” tempered glass. Beveled if it’s on the top, square edge if it’s from underneath.
I’d love everyone’s insight and suggestions on this. I’m a visual person, so pictures or links would help me the most.
Thank you all in advance.