Construction Methods Of Kids Furniture
The next step after having glued and joined all T's and L's , is to assemble these joined sections together to complete the basic shape of the piece.
It would be best if you do this without glue at first, assembling the entire unit with screws alone. After you are satisfied that nothing is out of line, and when it is together in good order, take it apart, clean and sand all the pieces to prepare them for finishing, and reassemble the unit again, this time permanently with glue.
Even though this method demands some extra time and effort on your part, it makes the sanding operation not only easier but also better, and reassembly goes fast and accurate with everything fitting back into place like a glove. It is better to square up the furniture during assembly before letting the glue-joined sections to dry, in order to have good lines and smooth working drawers and doors.
In most of the cases, a large square will serve to check the accuracy of smaller joined sections. You can check for squareness by measuring diagonally across the compartment opening from corner to corner, in case of larger cabinets with big rectangular compartments. Note this measurement and then measure the opposite crossing diagonal in the same manner.
The two measurements will be the same , if the cabinet is square. If the piece is not square, then there will be a difference in the measurements. To make it square, apply pressure on the corner that has the longer measurement until the cabinet has been forced into a square shape and both diagonal measurements are the
same. Before doing any further work , it is a good idea to tack the back panel on next before making any doors or drawers, after having squared the cabinet. The back panel will serve to hold the cabinet in shape while adding the rest of the features and, if necessary, it can be removed temporarily whenever it interferes with work to be done.