In this video, I’m getting close to finishing the casework, which means I’m close to pre-finishing and then glue! Here, I’m installing the bottom panel. In the past, I’ve said I would do a frame and panel bottom, but I went out and got some more walnut wide boards, and glued up two to make this bottom. I did this because I was going to cobble together some offcuts to make the panels, but then I thought, I’ve got so much work in this already, what a few dollars more to get something much nicer than random boards. Man, am I glad I did this!
So, the main issue with a large board is warpage/movement. I need to hold it in place to mitigate movement, but also keep it secure. So, that means, I can’t really glue it.
Instead, I have supports on the bottom and on the top in strategic locations: one on each end (top and bottom) and one in the middle (top and bottom).
They are all glued to the case but not the bottom panel. So the panel is actually free, but captive at the same time.
I flattened the top but only made rabbets on the underside, which saves time and keeps the piece quite thick in most areas, which I wanted.
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Building a Sideboard part 16: Installing the Bottom Panel | Hand Tool Woodworking