Again, one comment may start a whole discussion but ….First attempt at a hutch
First attempt at a hutch
I started this thread with questions in the forum section but I'll finish in here since I am posting the progress.
I thought I started this blog already but couldn't find it so I'm starting this one.
I bought the New Yankee workshop plans for #111 hutch. Having never built a piece of furniture I thought it was going to be hard. So far it's is coming along fairly easily. I go back to the video when I have questions and they are usually answered in there.
Tonight I assembled the frame. I quickly realized that this building units this large is not fun in a one car garage. I bought the house with the existing bench in there and only made changes to the height. This piece of furniture is helping me understand exactly what I do and do not need in this garage. After it's done I will work on organizing the garage for my needs.
Here's a photo of the work so far.
I used screws to pull it together. In the video Norm use nailes and a hammer from the inside. When I tried to use a nail gun on a test piece I was not able to get the gun into the tight corners . Since the piece will be painted I used screws to hold it together till the glue dires. I don't have clamps long enough for this.
Biggest problem I face when gluing up edged glued boards is the slippery aspects of glue. The edges will glue up fine, no matter if you use biscuits or dowels. The strength is in the gap free edge to edge glue absorption (even stronger than a solid board) than the filler material used to keep the boards level with each other. I have a doweling jig I use (review here) but it would not do me any good if the edges were not flat against each other. As tooldad already stated, the purpose is more to keep the surfaces parallel and snug without the slide that glue can sometimes produce from the lubrication. So I would say that the spacing just depends on what you would need to keep them tight and parallel. Make sure you use cauls when edge gluing, it will save you much pain in the process.
Dovetails have an attractive look and do have a very strong bond but box joints should serve you equally well. Unless your kids/grandkids plan on attacking it with a sledge hammer, the box joints should last for years.
Great looking project. I wish my first forays looked half as good.