I am building a series of various (Shaker replica) trays. These are
of various sizes and woods (pine, cherry, walnut, mahogany). All
have solid wood bottoms and the largest is walnut (30"x17"). How were
these bottoms attached to the sides, and allow the wood to move? Cut
Don't know about Shaker particularly but a conventional way is like a door
panel...skinny down the edges of the bottom (if necessary), insert in
grooves of front, back and sides, grooves are deeper than width of bottom.
Another way is to rabbet front, back and sides and attach bottom as you
would a table top...sloppy screw or nail holes in the expansion direction
plus space at the sides.
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