On today’s Wood Talk “Weekend Edition” we’re giving construction and design advice to a listener on his bridal chest project.
James – I am planning on building my future daughter-in-law a bridal chest for their wedding in October. I want to make it out of frame and panel construction. I bought some sapele for the main structure, but I would like to make the panels out of a complimentary wood. Can you reccomend a complimentary wood that will look good with Sapele. I would like to use an exotic veneer on the panels, but I can’t, because I really like the profile of my Freud rail & stile router bit set, and I wouldn’t be able to raise the veneered mdf panel. I have made a veneered mdf panel before, surrounding it with matching hardwood, but that is really a pita. I could not find a plan that included the way I would like to build this chest. I plan on making separate frame and panels, then connecting one panel to another, using dowels, with the dowelmax system. Will there be a problem with wood movement using this method? And what about the lid? Should I make it with frame & panels. Or just laminate the boards to make a wide lid? If I laminate, should I use breadboard ends?
Here are some articles mentioned during the discussion:
- Purpleheart Hope Chest Study in Color
- A Fancy Raised Panel
- Duane’s Steamer Trunk
- Good Design is Not Just Because I Can
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