I've got some basic questions about a project I plan on starting in the next couple of weeks. I plan to build a small case, similar to a clock case. The front will have a few shapes cut out of it, some for windows to the interior, and some will have hardware mounted.
Dimensions will be approximately 18" tall, 8" deep, 12" wide. The top will be round, a half cylinder.
I plan on making this out of MDF and then veneering. Then adding some routed/shaped trim to the bottom as a base.
I was thinking of using 1/2 inch MDF with lots of 1/4 inch rabbet joints. I'm not too worried about figuring out the joinery; that comes pretty naturally to me and I'lve already drawn up how most of it will work. Also, 18 pieces go around the top for the curve. Then I'll sand those to the final shape.
Then apply veneer, to the three surfaces that need it: front, back, sides countinuous around the top.
Then route and drill "ports" on the front and somehow, not sure yet, saw a door out of the back.
Finally join some trim pieces to go around the bottom edge of the case.
My big questions:
0) Anything I'm missing, or does this sound like a reasonable approach? Reality checks and warnings greatly appreciated.
1) Is 1/2 inch MDF all right for this? I like that it lets me have big (1/4") rabbets for the joints. Maybe I should go to 3/8 MDF and 1/8 rabbets?
2) How can I get stock for the final trim (1"x2") that comes close to matching the veneer used? I don't have any materials for this yet, so can I order them as matching or something?
3) Any other tips for someone starting out in this? I feel pretty confidant in my abilities with the tools, but I'm a little unsure about working with veneer. Gotta start somewhere I suppose. Any tips on this? This will be a big step up from the solid wood, basic square stereo cabinet sort of work that I've done in the past.
In case it matters, I'm in Minneapolis, and it looks like there are a few decent shops aroud for this project, (Rockler and more) but I haven't visited any of them yet.
Thanks for any input... James Fraser