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Forum topic by CharlesA posted 10-11-2013 01:59 AM 1906 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CharlesA

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10-11-2013 01:59 AM

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I want to build a cedar chest for a friend. I’ve looked at several plans on the net and looked over ones here on LBJ. She wants an all-cedar design, not just cedar lined.

I’ve noticed that plans that call for all-cedar construction seem to be pretty basic. The plans that are frame/panel usually call for cedar linings. Moreover, I’ve read that most cedar lumber available today is mediocre for furniture use. I don’t know if that is a gross generalization or true. I have a sawmill about 45 miles away that has a good supply of cedar.

So, a few questions:
1) I’m looking at the Wood magazine plan or the Tommy Mac plan (minus carving) using cedar. I can plane some cedar down to 1/4” and use for floating panels. Dumb or smart?
2) Are there some types of cedar more furniture ready than others
3) any other advice?

-- "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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#1 posted 10-11-2013 02:34 AM

I would recommend a minimum panel thickness of 1/2” with cedar. Otherwise the knots can become an issue. You can rabbet the panel to a 1/4” tongue.

Best of luck.

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

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#2 posted 10-11-2013 02:41 AM

That’s a great idea. I had been thinking of better solutions, but I hadn’t thought of the rabbet.

-- "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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#3 posted 10-11-2013 04:12 AM

Would you just glue in an in inch or two on top and bottom of panel or attach another way?

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#4 posted 10-11-2013 04:35 AM

Yes, I would glue the center of the panel (at top and bottom). Self adhseive foam weather stripping or Space Balls (Rockler) are helpful to center the panel during glueup and prevent rattles.

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

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#5 posted 10-11-2013 11:35 AM

I’m actually building a cedar chest right now as well. For my aunt. In general you don’t want to finish the inside because it will block out the cedar scent.

The only aromatic cedar I’ve been able to find looks pretty beat up. Knots are everywhere. However, I read somewhere that the knots are actually where the cedar scent comes from. So the knots may serve a purpose.

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