So I am starting or rather continuing to work on the design for a large
dresser that I will be my next project. I plan to use solid wood
construction throughout and am wondering about the back of the case. I
intend to use frame and panel style inserted into a rabbet in the case.
My question is there a size of panel that is too large? The overall
dimensions for the case are going to 60" x 36". I was planning on
dividing the back into two panels, with a somewhat large frame. This
would make each panel about 24" x 30" or so. If thius too large? Or am
I being overly cautious?
Thanks in advance for the wisdom
I would use at least 3 panels or maybe even 4, this would allow for the
wood that you will have with that large of a span, wood will move approx.
1/4" for every 12" of width. When you use fewer panels , you might expose
the end of your tenons, as the wood contracts , or if your wood is on the
damp side it could push your joint apart.
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