Hope / Blanket Chest #3: Dimensions

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Blog entry by KasperShop posted 02-04-2009 09:14 PM 7110 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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The dimensions for the hope chest were a bit trickier to figure out. I spent several hours on and off thinking about this and trying different things. The sides had to be a bit smaller because of way I’m going to attach the sides to the front and back. I also wanted to keep the chest at a finished size of 24” x 48” x 24” (24 tall, 48 long, 24 deep). The front and back sides will be glued with biscuits using a simple butt joint.

The finished dimensions of the sides: 24” tall x 22 1/2” wide. Add the (2) 3/4” thick front/back sides and we get 24”

Freud’s raised panel bit set comes with a nice pdf file, cdrom and fold out poster that shows how to calculate the dimensions for any raised panel door.

My rails and stiles are 3” wide by 3/4” thick.

Rails : 22.5” – 6” = 17 3/8”
Stiles : 24”
Panel Length: 24” – 6” +13/16” = 18 13/16”
Panel Width : 22 1/2” – 6” + 3/4” = 17 1/4”

Note that the 6” are two times the width of the rails or stiles. The extra fractions at the end are for expansion and the grooves the panel fits into. Your bit set could be very different so follow their recommendations

I glued up the sides the past 2 weeks and completed the routing this past weekend. I used 3 boards for one side, and 4 boards for the other. I jointed the edges and used biscuits. They came out looking great and I’m very pleased with my first ever raised panel doors!

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#1 posted 02-09-2009 05:42 AM

I wrote a spread sheet to calculate part sizes for raised panel doors when I made my kitchen. I knew making as many doors as I needed I’d screw up something.

It really helped th make them accurate.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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