Web Frames

Easy-to-cut tongue anci dado joint anchors web frame to case side

Easy-to-cut tongue anci dado joint anchors web frame to case side

Tongue on middle frames should be on bottom for strongest joint

Tongue on middle frames should be on bottom for strongest joint

Position tongue on top of bottom frame so it's completely housed in a dado

There area lot of (Mr g> that go into building traditional furniture — from wood selection to joinery and finally to finishing. Many of the methods used were developed to make sure the piece would last for generations. Arid they remain some of the stand out features of fine furniture.

One traditional detail found in heirloom dressers and chests is the use of web frames, like you see in the drawing above. Although they don't seem like much — just narrow boards joined in a rectangle — they're hard at work, adding strength, rigidity, and supporting the drawers. There are some good reasons why web frames work so well.

SAVING WEIGHT. The first reason is that web frames save weight. A web frame weighs much less than a solid wood or plywood panel. It may not seem like much of a difference. But multiply that by the number of partibor pical dresser, and you're talking ah rig savings. This means a dresser bit web frames will be just as strong r.t much lighter arid easier to move arc. r J

BUILT TO LAST. A second advr: - _ web frames have is durability When you think about it, over the yeat - = r Time will take a beating from imcnt of the drawers. A hardwo r •-;—.£ can stand up to a lot of use v. - - lowing much sign of wear.

SAVE MONEY, A final benrf : - tlrat web frames can be more ecoro~■ There are two reasons for this. Firs: toe frames can be built from a less-expensive, secondary wood. For example, we used maple in the web frames in the librarv cabinet. Another possibility is you might be able to find the pieces you need in cutoffs from the project itself.

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