1/2" Solid Panel for Box Frame Construction

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Forum topic by Nugs posted 11-18-2014 02:07 AM 994 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-18-2014 02:07 AM

Hi All,

I mostly enjoy lurking with an occasional post every now and then, but today I have a question. I’m planning on building a nightstand sort of similar to the one pictured. Is it a bad idea to glue up 2 or 3 pieces of 1/2” cherry to make a 16” wide panel for the side/top/bottom of the box?? Is gluing up 1/2” that wide just asking for warping trouble? I could use dovetails to help avoid warping or do you think mitres will be fine?

I’ll be resawing the 1/2” pieces from some 9/4 cherry I have. I could also make the sides a bit thicker, but I want to get the most milage out of my wood.


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#1 posted 11-18-2014 01:58 PM

Most of us do this all the time with a biscuit jointer.

Keeps the surfaces even with one another while gluing.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#2 posted 11-18-2014 02:24 PM

Brad, you use biscuits on 1/2” material? I thought I’d heard that biscuits were prone to swelling 1/2” thick pieces.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#3 posted 11-18-2014 03:01 PM

Gluing up panel widths is very common. Panels that wide will have a lot of movement. Long term I think the dovetails will hold the joints much better.

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#4 posted 11-18-2014 04:48 PM

Go for it on the glue-up. But regardless of the thickness of the material used I’d be reluctant to make a carcase like that one only with miter joints.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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