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Forum topic by tool_junkie posted 10-15-2014 03:40 AM 893 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-15-2014 03:40 AM

Hello All,

I would like to build a pair of nightstands and dresser along the lines of:

What I don’t understand is how to achieve the thick face frame look. Is it just a simple cabinet made out of (say 3/4” wood) and then a thick face frame (say about 2” wide) applied to it and then you add the drawers and drawer fronts?

I would highly appreciate your help. Also, if someone is proficient in Sketchup I would appreciate help on it.


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#1 posted 10-15-2014 04:00 AM

Before all the silly computer design programs , furniture makers built mock ups out of less expensive woods popler is my choice.Work out the proportions and details.
I still think it’s the best way to figure out unknown details.
It really give one great freedom and no worry about mistakes.Then when the expensive wood is used there is much more confidence it goes quicker too.Good luck Aj

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#2 posted 10-15-2014 02:30 PM

I don’t believe you would learn anything from the construction of that furniture. My guess is it’s probably pressed wood and veneer.

How about having a go at your own design ? Make a sketch of what you like and maybe others would help you to put it together.

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#3 posted 10-15-2014 03:27 PM

If I was going to do that night stand I would cut a dado in the thick faceframe for the plywood sides to go in for more glue surface or if I wanted it flush with the faceframe on the outside edge I would do a rabbet and maybe follow up with some screws on the inside edge were they could not be seen. at least a 1in or deeper dado or rabbet. Hope that made scense…..

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#4 posted 10-15-2014 03:36 PM

I, like Aj, mock projects up with poplar when figuring things out. Sometimes it may only be a portion of the project. Best way to learn and solve for me before breaking the $$ wood out.

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#5 posted 10-17-2014 12:07 AM

Thanks Guys, for the replies. I plan on making it with ply and solid wood and will start with the night stand. So, I think if I screw up, not much will be at risk.

Gshepherd, I think I get the over all idea on what you mentioned. I want it flush with the face frame so I think a Rabbet in the stiles would be the way to go. And I have been thinking about the nightstand shelf that is visible in the pics, would I need to cut a notch in it to accommodate the thick stile of the face frame?


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