|Forum topic by blackwell||posted 11-04-2014 06:41 PM||1489 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
11-04-2014 06:41 PM
I’m planning a small entry table to sit at my front door. The rough size is 18” x 18” x 30” tall. I want a 12” tall cubby under the top by omitting what would be the front apron. The top half of the cubby may get a drawer. The legs/rails will be cut from 8/4 stock milled square.
Now I had this crazy(?) idea to do the whole thing w/ sliding dovetails. The three panels would be dovetailed on all sides and slide into their respective rails/stiles. The stiles (legs) will have a stopped sliding dovetail down to the bottom rail. It means I’ll have to assemble it in a certain order, the panels will have to slide into both top and bottom rails and that whole assembly will then slide into the legs.
I’m contemplating this joinery because I know it will be unbelievably strong but I’m starting to be concerned w/ wood movement. Unlike a floating raised panel there will be absolutely no allowance for seasonal movement on those panels. The panels will be < 12” x16” and made of 4/4 cherry. I see this joinery technique used on bookshelves but then they’re only joined on two sides and since wood moves mostly tangentially/across the grain it has room to move in the sliding dovetail.
Hopefully I described it clearly enough. I’d love to hear other’s thoughts on this. Should I consider a tongue and groove assembly on the panels?