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  • #749668
    Mike Conner
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    Hi all,

    I’m currently building the bedside cabinets from the project a few years ago. My current issue is that I’m making these out of cherry but don’t have access to 3/4” cherry plywood (at a reasonable cost). I’d like to make the bottom out of solid cherry but am worried about deformity over the long term. Another option is a frame and panel insert for the bottom, but that would leave a groove for crumbs/dust/dirt to accumulate.

    Obviously I can work things to account for shrinkage/expansion, but is there something I’m overlooking that would make this a bad idea? The plywood in the original plans sits in a 1/8” dado which would probably work for this as well. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts.

    #749707
    Colin Scowen
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    My two-penneth would be: If you have the cherry there, and don’t want to make a frame and panel, then how do you feel about making quarter inch sheets and gluing them to some half inch plywood? Of course, if you assume that the same amount of dust / debris would accumulate in the bottom, regardless of whether or not you have F&P or a solid panel, or a plywood panel, and that the cleaning regimen would be the same, then why not use F&P? If you wanted, you could make it like the lid for the keepsake box, so it is above the frame, then sand/plane it curved. But that does seem rather overkill for the bottom of a cabinet.

    Colin, Czech Rep.

    #749722
    Mike Conner
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    Thanks Colin,

    The veneering strategy is one I have considered, but I also don’t have any 1/2″ plywood to work with. I do have 1/4″ cherry veneered plywood but I have worries that the top layer is too thin and will wear terribly over the years. Any experience with such things?

    The increase in lumber prices is really problematic.

    #749767
    Colin Scowen
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    Is the bedside cabinet really going to see that much wear? How much of the cherry would actually be visible when there is stuff there? Use good cherry for the visible parts, and something else for the less visible parts. Or maybe use a hard wearing finish. Or make a cut out liner, or a kumiko piece to go over the cherry. You can still see it through the cut out or kumiko, but it doesn’t get the wear.

    Colin, Czech Rep.

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