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Building a custom piece of furniture advice needed

Hello I'm building a custom piece of furniture for my tiny kitchen it will serve three purposes: to hide the rubbish (trash) bin, house cooking vegetables in wicker baskets and for a microwave to sit on top. Its a piece of furniture to solve problems in a limited space.

What I need help with is the joints. I was going to use simple dowel joints to join the oak flooring panels together to form the piece of furniture but I'm concerned that this will not be strong enough. (I don't really want to construct a frame to build it around due to limited space and it will complicate the design too much)

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If you would glue the flooring together using wood glue and properly clamped it would be strong enough even without the dowels. Dowels will make it better. Now, normally a cabinet like that is constructed with plywood. Using solid wood you will need to make it all out of solid wood and keep the grain of the wood running all the same direction. Wood shrinks as it ages and if you glue any wood to the flooring in a perpendicular direction when the wood shrinks it will cause it to split.
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Ok thanks I'll use dowel joints then and hopefully wood shrinkage won't be too much of a problem.
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Ok thanks I'll use dowel joints then and hopefully wood shrinkage won't be too much of a problem.
On the flooring one edge has a tongue and the other a groove. If you cut a small piece of wood with the tongue and another with the groove to put over the edge of the wood when you drill the hole for the dowel there will only be minimal splintering. Use a doweling jig and a brad point drill bit.
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You can make it easier on yourself to use plywood. You can face all the edges with your solid hardwood and even use the solid hardwood for the top and door. Plywood would be so much faster and easier.

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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On the flooring one edge has a tongue and the other a groove. If you cut a small piece of wood with the tongue and another with the groove to put over the edge of the wood when you drill the hole for the dowel there will only be minimal splintering. Use a doweling jig and a brad point drill bit.
I'm not quite following you there. I'll use the tounge and groove for joining where possible such as on the sides and back of the piece. Its only where the sides and back meet the top piece of the furniture and the bottom piece that I'll use dowel joints.
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I'm not quite following you there. I'll use the tounge and groove for joining where possible such as on the sides and back of the piece. Its only where the sides and back meet the top piece of the furniture and the bottom piece that I'll use dowel joints.
OK, I misunderstood. I thought you were going to use dowels too where the flooring is tongue and grooved.
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