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Forum topic by asb posted 03-14-2020 02:03 PM 520 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-14-2020 02:03 PM

Hi all,

I hope everyone is safe and healthy in these scary times.

I’m building a couple night stands here modeled after this one from Design Within Reach. I’ve built the carcass and the drawer box. Holding up on glue for the whole thing because of all the slats that make the “lines.”

Any thoughts on assembly for those? I thought about dados in the receiving pieces, but DWR didn’t use them and I don’t feel confident that the walnut plywood won’t tear out in the process.

Now, I plan to cut to rough length, then sneak up on a perfect fit with one, cut them all to that length, and glue them directly to the side of the cabinet using spacers between each slat to keep spacing consistent. Planning to use cauls for clamping pressure across the length of the slats. I know I’ll need to be really careful with squeeze out. Anything I’m not thinking of? Better ideas for finishing this up?

Thanks everyone!!!

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#1 posted 03-14-2020 02:31 PM

If you go with your plan be sure to carefully check that the distance between the uprights is dead on consistent before cutting all the slats to length.

Whoever does the dusting in your household is going to curse you sometime down the road.

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#2 posted 03-16-2020 12:52 AM

Well, this might no work with your design.

Depending on how committed you are to the craft and “fine” furniture, my temptation would be to install them on a 1/8” plywood sheet, rip to width and then install the section as a single unit.

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#3 posted 03-16-2020 01:24 PM

If you put the rabbet on the inside of the ply any tear out will be hidden.

I would build a standard face frame and put a groove in it to accept the tongue on the plywood created by the rabbet.

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