I'm new here, and new to woodworking in general. My first real project is under way and I'll have a few questions as I go, so here's the first...
My project is a music stand for myself. Store bought ones just don't do it for me and I love natural wood anyway. For an idea of the kind of thing I'm making, I found an awesome website with quality that I won't even try to accomplish this first time out:
The first question I have is how to join the bottom "music rest" portion to the back piece? The strongest joint that I can come up with is a sliding dovetail with the slot in the back piece and the tail making up the shelf, but I'm worried about how large of a bit to use. The wood itself is 3/4" thick (both pieces), so is the dovetail going to simply snap off when I put a heavy music book on it?
I guess the second question would be fitting it together with glue in the joint without it binding or cracking. I figure epoxy will give me the time to slide everything together (27" long), but I'm looking for any advice as I only want to do it once :)
If my description isn't clear, I'll post a quick rendering of what I have in mind.