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I am new to the forum and pretty new to woodworking. I have some rough cut cherry that i am using for a chest i am building my question is should i take it all the way down to 3/4 in thickness or use it at inch thickness
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post #2 of 9 Old 11-03-2016, 01:59 PM
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I'd use 3/4" thickness, but ....

Depends on the size, but 1" thick material will way a ton if used in a large size chest.... 18 X 24 X 16 or so. Many new woodworkers use material that is too thick, because often that's all they can buy off the shelf. I use 5/16" and 3/8" thick thick material on smaller chests and keepsake boxes, and 1/4" thick on jewelry boxes.

It's a shame to plane down thicker material and waste 1/2 the thickness. If you can resaw it, you will save more material.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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A description of the chest you plan to build can help us offer you better information.
The thickness of the wood can vary on the same chest depending on your design.
For instance:
If you decided to have raised panels in your chest, the top might be 3/4", the stiles and rails 3/4", the bottom 1/2", the back 1/4" material and the decorative raised panels and bottom trim molding a full 1".

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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chest dimensions

the chest dimensions will be 48 in long 22 inches tall and 22 inches wide trying to save on cutting boards


i also have 1x2 i thought of making it out of but that might be flimsy

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it is all being made out of cherry no raised panels or anything

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That chest is going to be heavy regardless. Review your design carefully. You will want to save weight at each point that strength will not be compromised. You would not like the weight result from using 1" thick material throughout.

If you can provide a sketch you will probably get some good suggestions.

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I had a similar problem when I built a cherry cabinet. We had some old sawmill cut cherry that belonged to my wife's grandfather, another time for that story, the wood cleaned up at 7/8 inch thick and it was gorgeous. I didn't have enough for entire project, so I got some more cherry from local sawmill, but it could only clean up at 5/8 thick. I didn't have anyway to resaw the thicker pieces, and I thought it would be blasphemy to plane it down.

What ever you do... try to get all your lumber at the same thickness, or have a plan that includes the other size pieces to fit. I played [email protected]$* trying to get my cabinet made because I didn't think ahead. Yes I am a rookie at this to. Wish you well with your chest, and I'm sure these people here can be a great help. Post pictures as you go, please.
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the chest dimensions will be 48 in long 22 inches tall and 22 inches wide trying to save on cutting boards


i also have 1x2 i thought of making it out of but that might be flimsy

It might be best to have all your wood planed down to a uniform thickness of 3/4".
Cherry is a beautiful wood.
Let us know how the project goes.
Also, don't worry about the weight. It sits on the floor, you won't carry it on your back.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?

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That is a personal choice thing. What ever thickness you feel would look the best go with it. Some people also run the wood down to 25/32" so it ends up being 3/4" by the time it's sanded.
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