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Forum topic by IHRedRules posted 08-08-2014 02:17 AM 818 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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IHRedRules

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08-08-2014 02:17 AM

I am building a small bookcase/nightstand. The case is plywood, but the top will be solid 1/4 sawn red oak. I was thinking of using biscuits to attach the top to the sides of the base. I know that is not usually the best option since it doesn’t allow much movement of the wood, but since it is only two 6” boards joined together and 1/4 sawn, perhaps I could get way with using biscuits.


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#1 posted 08-08-2014 02:28 AM

I’ve glued 2”x2”x3/4” thick block in each corner flush with the top of the frame. Drilled a 1/4”-5/16” in center of each block and used screws with washers to allow for movement. Biscuits may work. Probably work, but why chance it?

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#2 posted 08-08-2014 02:35 AM

You could do the biscuit thing in the center and fridges method in the corners. That way the top would stay centered and still allow for movement.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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IHRedRules

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#3 posted 08-08-2014 10:47 AM

Thanks for the input. I think I will biscuit the center and use glue blocks/screws for the corners

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#4 posted 08-08-2014 12:49 PM

Sounds good, just remember the oversized holes and a washer. Enjoy your build.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#5 posted 08-08-2014 01:26 PM

If you’re tight on space, you can also use figure eight washers that allow slight movement: http://www.woodworkingshop.com/product/sl20001/?inMed=GSTORE&gclid=CJb06pvig8ACFQxp7AodIUIAEg

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