I will start dressing/milling/preparing(new words for me) the ash either tomorrow or monday. Wood is picked out.I never worked with ash, but have cut and used white oak.I will make no attempt to match up grains running all the same ways or even that look alike. My wife loves the different grain patterns and random order.Although I dont see much in grain patterns in the rough wood, but Ive never used ash, so its new to me.
I found some nice straight, flat pieces for the sides and maybe the top.(without having to do a glue up) If I cant get a flat enough piece in my own judgement once I start, Ill cut it up and joint and plane.(the mahogany I used on my table was so straight I never face jointed, didnt have the jointer then, but the ash isnt such as flat a lot. Im sure sittiing in the garage for months hasnt helped)
Every edge will be jointed.
Again, I understand this is mostly childs play for most here, but this is a complicated build for me. Close to 50 M and T joints, and if one is off, it will knock off the entire piece.(Ill try at least 3 times, then Ill put the metal covers back on and watch college basketball for the rest of the winter)
This is the small one, less wood, hope to do it all with less than 20 board feet.(all 3/4 inch thick)
The ash will be stained and poly'd for finishing. Color will be decided later on.
I will line the inside with a heat deflecting substance, as suggested to me in another thread.
Heres what I hope to build, as close as I can draw. Numbers are on the side.
Front face will be biscuited to side walls.(there is a 1/2 inch space between every slat to allow heat to escape, but close enough to hide ugly radiator)
Top will be laid on top, with inside cleats holding in place, but not secured down, just close to snug with cleats.(half inch overhang on sides and front, flush in back)
In back, I will add a 2 inch support piece going from side to side.
*my measurements say +1.5 on some, this is to remind me to allow 3/4 inch on each side for the tenon, I need to remind myself like this.(each square on the grid represents one inch)
If anyone sees a design flaw, please let me know within the next couple of days.I will greatly appreciate any help.Im winging it as usual.
whoa, huge error I wrote. Top is 9 and 1/4x 32 and 1/2