|Forum topic by xhandal||posted 05-05-2009 07:39 PM||939 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
05-05-2009 07:39 PM
Background: I have been asked to build a desk for some married friends. The know of my lack of practice and don’t care. They are willing to buy the lumber, and I’m thinking of using Cedar. Outside of the top of the desk and the posts that support it, I will be using 1” lumber. He wants it in the shape of the Chiefs Arrowhead.
I am curious about the need for glue in a couple areas. Where the side and back panels will sit in my three supporting posts, I am going to use blind mortises and tenons. I am going to use solid lumber construction for the panels and am thinking about tongue and grove to keep the individual boards that make up the panel together. Question is, would you advise gluing the two individual boards together at the tongue and grove and would you use glue on the tenons? Would it be possible to let the lumber float? I am worried about shrink/swell as I live in Southwest Missouri and the humidity can be a bear. I am trying not to use any metal in the entire desk except for the keyboard tray and a set of door hinges.
Ideal final dimentions for the panels are 13”x35.25”x 1” and 22”x21”x1”. I plan on using 1”x8” lumber to make these panels.
Thanks for your advice.
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