|Forum topic by ADHDan||posted 01-06-2015 06:56 PM||880 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
01-06-2015 06:56 PM
I’m making a set of flat panels (maple frames with curly maple panels) and it looks like I miscut my stub tenons in the rails – some of them have as much as 1/16” slop, but only on one side. This means that when I fit the rails and stiles together and then force the tenon to the front of the groove, the pieces mate properly. These panels aren’t going to be doors; they’re going to be used as the sides for two little cabinets that will support a desktop.
Since the tops and bottoms of the panels won’t be visible, I think my options are: (a) measure and (try to) cut a shim the exact size of each gap for each joint; (b) cut some fairly thin and shallow wedges, and wedge/glue them into the gaps during assembly (trimming off the excess after glue-up); or© clamp the rails and stiles during assembly so that I get a good glue joint on one side of the stub tenon, and hope that’s good enough.
I don’t see the last option leading to a good result, so I’m wondering whether I can get away with using shallow wedges as shims (option b) instead of cutting each shim to fit (option a). Thoughts?
-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.