Perpendicular joining of solid wood panels

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Forum topic by Bohaiboy posted 08-13-2017 11:49 PM 664 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-13-2017 11:49 PM

I am building a cabinet from mesquite that is approx 15” deep and 20” wide. I will have connectors for the base to the table top to allow it to “float”, but what should i do about the vertical sections and the top?

-- Tim, Houston, TX area

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#1 posted 08-14-2017 04:55 AM

If the grain is all running in the same direction, you can stop worrying about wood movement. Use any joinery you like (M&T, dowels, biscuits, sliding dovetail, ...)

(Wood will move across the width but not significantly along the length)

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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#2 posted 08-14-2017 05:01 AM

What you show will not hold up. Build the top and bottom as if they need to stand alone and then connect them. That way you only need to keep the top from moving around. To connect them I would use dowels or biscuits. There are other ways to do it, but that is the simplest.

-- Rick M,

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