Humidor with solid top and French Polish Finish

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Forum topic by Knave posted 01-16-2014 08:07 AM 995 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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01-16-2014 08:07 AM

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So I have started down the boxes rabbit hole – I made a few for Christmas shown below…

All of the boxes I have made so far have had the top attached to a groove in the sides and then the lid was cut off using the table saw. Finish has been Danish oil.

For my next project I would like to make a humidor out of walnut with a French Polish finish…very rich looking.

I would like the top to be a solid plane with no gaps at all where there might otherwise be a gap for the top panel. I’m worried if I use this construction method it could cause a problem with the finish if there is any movement.

I have also seen where other wood workers glue a solid top to the sides which would give me a solid plane on top to finish but would not address wood movement issues – seems like there could be a problem in the glued joint between the top and sides…

This seems like such a simple problem but given my newness to the art I can’t seem to find a solution.

Any suggestions?

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#1 posted 01-17-2014 02:34 AM

Knave, the wood will move no matter what you do so you need to have it all aligned so the movement doesn’t cause any issues. The only way that can be, to the best of my knowledge, is to have the wood for the sides to have their width going the same way as the lid and the bottom. Here is a beautiful example of what I mean posted by kdc68. HTH

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