In the second part of the construction of our friend’s Walnut Buffet we’ve completed the construction of the carcass that makes up the majority of the project. From this point forward it’s now a matter of adding pieces of the structural details. The dividers between the doors and drawers, the boxes for the drawers, the drawer fronts and the doors themselves.
But before we get into all of those components, I want to add the solid walnut pieces that cover the exposed plys of our premium walnut plywood. Because the design requires the face frames to be the same thickness as the plywood itself, I had a couple of different options for how I was going to attach it. I already decided I wanted solid walnut vs a simple edge veneer. But I wanted to make sure it was securely fastened other than simply glued flat face to plywood edge.
I thought about either biscuit joinery or even reinforcing with brads. Both didn’t seem very appealing, so I did a little more research. What I came up with was to use an edge banding bit system that created matching profiles in both the plywood edges and the solid walnut face.
The folks over at Eagle America were really great to let me try out this system for this project and I’d highly recommend it to anyone who wanted something that did more than simply dress up an exposed edge. Because of the way the solid stock is interlocked with the sheet good, it offers an added rigidity that I’m not convinced a simple face glued strip would be able to provide.
There is a small learning process to get started, but as I demonstrate in today’s episode once you do a few test cuts and even create reference blocks, setup and use is a breeze. And the results speak for themselves.
Thank you Eagle America!