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Greene & Greene Thorsen Sideboard #9: Bottom and Back Panels

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Blog entry by TungOil posted 04-01-2020 03:21 PM 497 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Carcass Assembly Part 9 of Greene & Greene Thorsen Sideboard series Part 10: Constructing the Top »

With the carcass glued up, I now fit the back and bottom panels. These panels are sapele veneered Baltic birch, 3/4” cores for the case bottoms and 1/2” for the case back.

Since the back of this piece will normally be against the wall and unseen, appearance is not as important as other parts of the project. I use inset back panels rather than rail and stile type panels to help simplify the construction.

I begin by cutting a 3/8” rabbet around the back of the carcass with a router. The depth of the rabbet is set to match the finished thickness of the back panel. The panel corners are rounded off to match the radius of the router bit.

With the back panels fit properly, I drill and countersink for screws to fasten the back panel to the carcass. For consistency, I drill the panels on the drill press.

Oval head screws add a more finished appearance while still allowing the back panels to be removed for finishing.

The bottom panels are easier to fit, since the rabbets were cut in the case rails prior to assembly. Fitting these panels is simply a matter of cutting them to size.

The panels add rigidity and help keep the carcass square.

NEXT STEPS: Glue up and construction of the top

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"



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pottz

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#1 posted 04-01-2020 05:24 PM

damn tung even the unseen work is beautiful.you put me to shame ;-)

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 04-01-2020 08:30 PM

Looking very nice now. Keep the great work coming.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 04-02-2020 12:22 PM

Holy cow – how much is that going to weigh when it’s finished?

+1 pottz – those back panels are tight!!

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#4 posted 04-02-2020 02:23 PM



Holy cow – how much is that going to weigh when it s finished?

- EarlS

a lot….

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#5 posted 04-02-2020 02:38 PM

hey when i make a piece of furniture and dont get a hernia moving it i feel ive cut corners-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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