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Forum topic by CharlesA posted 366 days ago 1021 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CharlesA

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366 days ago

So, I’m thinking of building something like this out of cherry.

I may make it with two shelves instead of the drawers. While this will be an ambitious build for me, I think most of the design is fairly straightforward. I want to run a few things past those of you who are more experienced:

1) I am thinking of putting in screwed-in cleats to mount the shelves. Better ideas?
2) I can make traditional mortise and tenons for all the spindles, or I could opt for the much easier mortise strip. Is it worth the time to do the traditional?
3) If I do all shelves, I’ll put spindles on the bottom half of sides. If I decide to do the drawers, I’ll put in some kind of panel. How would you make the panels as pictured? I have a down and dirt thought: use 1/2” strips with camfered edges that are edge-glued together. Better ideas?

If you have any hard-learned tips on making mission style furniture, I’m all ears. Thanks so much.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson


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TCCcabinetmaker

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#1 posted 366 days ago

Not a lot of responses because it seems like you are already on the right track. And by mortise strip do you mean dado? well, it’s easier to get straight by doing individual mortises, however it’s more critical in set up and ummm stressful by the time you get to the last mortise. But that really shouldn’t be as much of a factor as what you like in the piece. Though the traditional way is probably sturdier.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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pintodeluxe

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#2 posted 366 days ago

I would make the compartments for the components smaller. I would use floating panel construction for the sides. Go with traditional mortise and tenon construction. The groove method isn’t that much quicker.
Here are a couple of my designs.
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/47080
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/82205

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Handtooler

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#3 posted 365 days ago

I like all three very much, both cherry and QSRO are each fine choices, but think I perfer Willie’s first #47080 best thinking of dusting equipment display, use and such, Even if it doesn’t necessarily go with the period or styles I’d use flush mounted latches, pulls and hardware. The through mortise and tenons and square plugs ala Green & Green are special additiond I particularly like. Just my $0.02.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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CharlesA

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#4 posted 365 days ago

A mortise strip is something I saw on a Woodsmith mission plan.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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CharlesA

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#5 posted 365 days ago

Willie,

I had already looked over your project blog—that’s why I was confident on how to make the corbels, etc. I can easily get QSWO, QSRO, Cherry, and even 1/4 cherry from a local sawmill. I was planning on going with cherry because It goes better with the rest of our furniture. Why did you choose RO over WO? Those are both really nice designs.

Do you know the approximate dimensions of the first one?

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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pintodeluxe

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#6 posted 365 days ago

Here is a sketchup shot from that entertainment center.

18” wide x 44” long x 28.75” high. The outside leg dimension is 37”.
I also sent you a p.m. with the sketchup file description.

Cheers

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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