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12-14-2013 03:39 PM

I’m making a dovetailed blanket chest for my daughter. The plans I have seen call for a rabbeted joint in which to attach the bottom frame into the sides. Is there any reason i cant simply glue and screw the frame to the bottom? I will cover the end grain with trim work, so its not an aesthetic concern. Second, If I could make the top out of one piece of walnut, I would like to. Many plans call for a frame mitered around the panel. Is this necessary? Would I be violating some law of wood movement to cut a panel and run an edge with a router table?

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#1 posted 12-14-2013 04:02 PM

I think I may be able to help you out. I believe the attached photos are pretty close to what you are trying to do. This project was made of pecan and was for a military family that lived next door to us. Let me know if you have further questions. I would be happy to help in any way I can.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#2 posted 12-14-2013 04:05 PM

You have already mentioned why it’s not a good idea to ,wood movement, by glueing and screwing the bottom on ,you will not let the wood for the bottom move as it wants to and will move,causing it to crack or break the sides of the chest. I prefer to run a groove and dado around the bottom edge about 1/2”-3/4” up from the bottom to hold the bottom. When you make the bottom this way you make it so it’s at least a 1/8-3/16 smaller then the opening between the front and back of the chest with out glue this allows for wood movement.

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#3 posted 12-14-2013 04:13 PM

Thanks for your response. If the bottom were in one piece, that is what I would do as well. Is it different when the bottom is a frame and panel?

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#4 posted 12-14-2013 04:18 PM

Beautiful chest…which is the FIRST time I have ever said that to a man! That is very similar to what I am trying to do, without to rack in the top. Is the top one piece or a glued panel? Would you shoot me an email at I would sincerely appreciate advice. BTW, I used to live in Aiken. I worked construction in the valley during the summer of 86.

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#5 posted 12-14-2013 04:22 PM

Accounting for wood movement is all you have to worry about

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#6 posted 12-14-2013 04:22 PM

This is a great project and you did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 12-14-2013 04:25 PM

Sorry I missed that point ,a rather unique way to do things from my prospective.Yes it is different with a frame and panel. It you already made the panel to allow for wood movement then you should be fine conecting the frame to the bottom,the amount of wood movement for the frame itself should nominal . If you want to play it safe you might just use screws with the holes elongated to connected the bottom with out glue. As a woodworking instructor students bring plans to class all the time that are inaccurate or use poor choices for joinery and or design,the one exception are plans from Woodsmith.

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