|Forum topic by BinghamtonEd||posted 09-25-2013 02:56 PM||1256 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
09-25-2013 02:56 PM
So for Christmas, my mother-in-law has requested a toy box to keep my daughter’s (and future grandchildren’s) toys in. Box will be made of quarter-sawn white oak, and will be modeled after this one :
My question is in regards to joining the front to the sides. My first instinct is to cut a dado in the sides to accept the front. My only concern here is the seasonal expansion of the top and bottom rails of the front. The sides are solid panels, and the grain run vertically. I’m concerned that expansion of the rails may jeopardize the joint.
Possible solutions : – Make the stiles full height. I don’t like this option because the end grain will be visible at the top. Don’t want to do mitered corners, either. – Cut the rail such that it sits flush with the sides, and only the stiles fit into the dadoed sides. This seems like the best option right now. I could cut the dadoes just a hair on the deep side so the rails bottom out on the sides before the stiles bottom out in the dado, to make sure the rails sit flush with the sides.
Comments or suggestions? Open to other ideas as well.
-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.