Blanket chest lid cleats

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Forum topic by ronstar posted 07-09-2018 10:24 PM 593 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-09-2018 10:24 PM

I’m making a blanket chest/ toy box out of african mahogany. The top is 22” wide x 44” long. 1” thick. 3 boards glued edgewise. No breadboard ends. My first attempt had about 1/4” of cupping in the middle. I resawed along the joints, flipped some boards over and reglued. Now it is very flat.

My question is – Given that it is now flat, and has been flat for about a week, should I still install cleats on the underside of the top?

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#1 posted 07-09-2018 10:32 PM

blanket chest ?? how about fastening some aromatic red cedar crosswise
across the full inside of the lid. serves two functions: smells good and
discourages bugs and will provide “some” support against possible cupping.


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#2 posted 07-09-2018 10:35 PM

As a general rule remember that KIDS break things.

SO YES—a little bracing now can prevent a lot of fixing later!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 07-10-2018 12:32 AM

Thanks guys – I’ll put them in.

John – I was thinking of putting some cedar in this one. I’ll give that a go on the next one.

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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