Carcassing

Knowing how to make a carcass is fundamental to producing many pieces of furniture. In its simplest form, a carcass consists of four planks joined at the corners to make an open-ended box. Its strength depends on the material from which it is made and the method used to join the sides at the corners.

The applications are numerous, and include cupboards,

To test for squareness, measure each diagonal and adjust until both measurements are the same.

chests and the drawers that go into them. The methods of joining the corners are also extremely varied: the carcass constructions in this book employ lapped dovetails, through dovetails, box joints, dowels and bare-faced housings.

Most carcasses used in furniture making require some method of strengthening or subdividing the basic unit. This usually consists of fitting shelves and partitions with housing joints; carcasses are_ also strengthened considerably when a back or base is added.

When a carcass has been glued and cramped, but before the glue is set, it must be tested to ensure that it is square. To do this, measure across both diagonals and compare the distances, if the figure is not the same, then the construction is not square. Sometimes if the difference is not very much it can be altered by repositioning the cramps. If this does not work, slacken off the cramps slightly. Cushion the corners with pieces of scrap wood to ensure they are not damaged, lay a sash cramp across the longest diagonal and tighten it until the diagonals measure the same. Once this is done tighten the original cramps again.

FIG 3.2

Board and batten construction.

FIG 3.2

Board and batten construction.

Battens are fixed across the back of the boards at 90°.
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