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Forum topic by StarBright posted 09-13-2021 08:39 PM 219 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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StarBright

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09-13-2021 08:39 PM

I’m using contrasting woods for a coffee table top with the maple being framed within cherry. Is the tongue and groove method a viable option to fit the maple panel within the cherry frame?


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#1 posted 09-13-2021 09:10 PM

If it is a flush panel you may need to consider what wood movement is going to do. I would like to be more help but I have only evolved to floating panels at this point.

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#2 posted 09-13-2021 11:34 PM

Yes it will be a flush panel.

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#3 posted 09-14-2021 02:07 PM

Yes. Tongue and groove would be the way to do it. However, with a flush panel, keep in mind that as you make room for expansion and contraction between the frame and panel, you will leave a groove that can/will capture dirt and grime. This is really only a nuisance issue but something to consider. There is no easy way to eliminate the problem that I know of.

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#4 posted 09-14-2021 02:12 PM

Movement is the issue.

If you want a tight fitting panel you have to use either maple plywood or veneer.

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#5 posted 09-14-2021 02:18 PM

This screams veneer to me.

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#6 posted 09-14-2021 02:20 PM



Movement is the issue.

If you want a tight fitting panel you have to use either maple plywood or veneer.

- Robert


I forgot about plywood, How would attach the frame to it?

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#7 posted 09-14-2021 04:52 PM

Same way; tongue and groove. Only it can be a tight fit with glue all around. Be very careful when sanding flush. It doesn’t take much to sand through the veneer. Particularly present day plywood veneers; they are paper thin.
Dowels, splines, biscuits, or dominoes will also work. A butt joint will also work but more difficult to keep in alignment while clamping and drying.
I suggest, if you have the equipment, to make you own thick veneer (1/16” or more). This will be more suitable for a table top and will be easier to work with during assembly and finishing.

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#8 posted 09-14-2021 05:00 PM

Even with precise alignment I don’t think I could make thin veneered plywood work. I am getting accustomed to planning things until flush and that’s not going to work.

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#9 posted 09-14-2021 05:29 PM

I think I’ll go the maple plywood route. Will i still be able to do a medallion inlay into the plywood?

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