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fredf

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1784 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question aromatic cedar draw

I am building some draws and was wondering how stable Aromatic Cedar would be for the sides. I thought the cedar might be a nice touch, but as they are my first draws, am concerned about stability. Would I be better off with baltic birch?? I am also thinking of getting the new mini kreg kit that does 1/2” material to put the draws together, the wife won’t stand for much more delay! =-O

fred

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma


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Don Newton

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#1 posted 1784 days ago

Aromatic cedar can be overwhelming for drawers. I used Spanish cedar which is less fragrant than aromatic cedar and sometimes wear clothing that smells like a freshly sharpened pencil! By all means use baltic birch, it’s more stable. I would not use pocket screws to assemble drawers, as a matter of fact, I’ve never heard of it being done. Build the boxes by rabbetting the sides for the front and back, plough for a 1/4” bottom then glue them together.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#2 posted 1784 days ago

i’ve heard that aromatic cedar can tarnish silver ,
i don’t know if this is true or not .
i just don;t use it to make jewelry boxes .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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fredf

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#3 posted 1784 days ago

good point re the aroma. I just noticed it on my suppliers price list and thougth it might be a nice touch. I am working on a platform bed similar to the ones that Chris Davis does (http://lumberjocks.com/projects/17986)

Here is a thread that mentions using pocket screws for draws http://sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?t=15940& does seem to work quite well

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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Sam Yerardi

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#4 posted 1784 days ago

I love aromatic cedar but one problem with using it for structural components such as the sides is the strength (or rather lack of) for that particular use.

-- Sam

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