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07-06-2014 10:30 PM

Ok I am sure there are different ways to go about this. I know you could use 8/4 solid wood but I am looking to make out of veneer ply and maybe solid wood edge.

Are they simply gluing panels together to get width? How would you then finish off the front of the panel? Veneer? Or would you say cut a 45 on each ply sheet and then cut the solid wood with a 45 on each side and cap off the two sheets edges?

Would the glue hold the 2 panels?


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#1 posted 07-07-2014 12:32 AM

Probably veneered particle board, I would guess they glued up several pieces to get the thickness.

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#2 posted 07-07-2014 12:33 AM

It appears that the piece of furniture you posted is made of metal, at least according to the details on the side of the pictures.

If I was making this out of wood, I would consider a single thickness of 3/4” plywood or solid wood for the case and dividers, and “chunk it up” with a wide face frame.

You could laminate two sheets of 3/4” plywood together to get a thicker frame, but I imagine such a piece would be extremely heavy. Come to think of it, that piece made of steel would be massive. I notice they don’t list a weight under dimensions.

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#3 posted 07-07-2014 12:51 AM

I didn’t know where you got the steel reference from but then saw the version I put link to. They attach a very thin gauge of steel as like a veneer.

Back to the bookcase. So you think gluing up to pieces of either MDF or ply together and then attaching a front face would work. Problem is the wood version they have does not have a visible face frame like a cabinet. The face and carcass look like one thick piece of wood.

If I venner to sheet stock edges that are glued together will the center seam telegraph through? What about sinking the 45 bevel on each need of face into a bevel on each side of the carcass?

This would create a hardwood front but no visible sides or thickness showing of the piece of hardwood. Hard to describe.

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#4 posted 07-07-2014 01:34 AM

Hi Woodie, the steel as a veneer makes sense. I would agree with Bondo that the way Crate and Barrel would do this out of wood would be particle board and veneer, ala this item:
“Low-emission engineered wood over blockboard”

As for you plan, I’m not sure I entirely understand. It sounds like you want a seamless veneer covering all aspects of the piece? If you applied veneer to a substrate (ex plywood), you could apply it to the side of the case, and then the front of the case (edges of the plywood), with the two edges meeting at the corner. If you used a wide piece of veneer for the front (edges of the plywood) then you shouldn’t see a seam.

That would take care of the case pieces, but how would you do the outer case joinery? How would you do the divider joinery? That’s where I think a face frame might be a better option – hides some of the joinery if you used dados, sliding dovetails, etc.

I’m not sure I understand your 45 degree plan, but it sounds like a long, thin plywood edge miter joint that might not hold very well.

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#5 posted 07-07-2014 01:55 AM

I would build 8 boxes whatever size (14×14). 3/4” Plywood (species of your choice) is fine. I would glue the boxes all together, then build a box around them all, this would make all the faces 1 1/2” thick. Then I would veneer over the face with one pc of veneer.
If you want a thicker look, before you glue the boxes all together pin nail a 1/2 thick by 1 pc of trim in between them all. (1 pc at the top and 1 pc at the bottom) this will save weight.

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#6 posted 07-07-2014 01:58 AM

Nice suggestion, Iwud4u. Multiple boxes seems like the easiest way to do this.

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#7 posted 07-07-2014 01:59 AM

Make it from 1/2” plywood toget boxy structure, add face frame…..profit? If you paint it, it’s easy to hide seams.

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