I am now dealing with a projects which is more complex than any I've
done before, for several reason, among which it is the first to be put
in our living room (and therefore my wife will be much less
unforgiving than ever!!!!).
The second reason: it is the first time I do not follow strictly an
existing plan, which puts me in front of choinces up to now I've never
had to take.
After I submitted several plans to my wife approval, with no success,
the one below
surprisingly met her enthusiasm, which is a convincing reason to
proceed... the point is that while she's satisfied with the aesthetic
(is this the spelling?) now I must face those annoying technicalities
like 'how will I make it, now?'.
Dimensions are 36"Wx36"Lx24"H The legs are 2-3/8"Wx2-3/8"L and the
sides are 1" thick.
I was thinking of cherry (for the sides) and mahogany (for the legs).
My first worry is about the glass top and how I should accomodate for
wood shrinking: in my plan there is a 1/2" rebate over which the glass
lays. I suppose I should leave some spacing bw. the glass and the
rebate edge (I hope I am clear enough, as I am not confident with
English 'woodworking' terms), but how much?
Secondly: I am really hesitating about the joint to use bw. sides and
legs. After studying the woodworker's joint book, my first thought was
a sliding dovetail, but as I should stop the sides from sliding 'down'
I should insert the tail from the top, which is ugly.
So, after aving pondered the pros and cons of tenons, dowels, biscuits
and whatever, now I am here completely clueless!
Any hint is welcome.