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Forum topic by gbinco posted 12-27-2014 12:18 AM 806 views 0 times favorited 0 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-27-2014 12:18 AM

Hi guys,

I’ve been working my way up to building a bed, night stands, and a dresser. I thought I’d start with the dresser and I’m concerned about taking wood movement into account as this will be, by far, the largest, most complex, and most expensive project to date.

I will be using walnut for the majority of the construction.
Here’s what I have so far:
Solid top, no breadboard, rail/stile integrated legs on the sides, web/dust frame structure, face frame.

Ply wood web frame for the banks of drawers into dado’d sides. There will be drawers only, no doors.
I think I want to use 10/4 for the legs and rails, I want the sides to look like this.
What is the best way to get this effect?
Here’s what I was thinking…
If I can’t get my hands on walnut ply I would panel solid wood into the rails/stiles and glue or screw (does it matter?) the rails/stiles to non-walnut ply sides which would hold the frames. If I can get walnut ply, glue the rails/stiles straight onto the ply and dado the inside for the frames.

I was planning to attach the solid top with table top fastener clips to the top web frame. Is quarter sawn wood required for the top or anywhere else?

I’ve seen a couple different construction methods regarding web frames. The first has 4 sides of the cabinet already joined before sliding in a frame, piece by piece. They used sliding dove tails for the front and rear dividers into the sides and dados for the drawer runners. The front and rear were connected to the runners with mortise and tenon, glue in the front, dry in back. All appears to be solid wood. This seems like a lot of extra work, which is why the next one is so much more appealing. The second method was to construct the frames using tongue and grove, glued everywhere, and glued to dados in the sides. Everything was ply and I assume this is safe for me to use.

As I’m still relatively new to woodworking, I want to keep this as simple as possible.

Am I missing anything or should I proceed with my design?

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