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O.K., I have asked, privately, three member of the this forum this question but have not heard from them yet, they just have not had time to reply to me so I'm asking on the forum to hear what the consensus on the question will be.

Right now the material being used is only .560" thick but the cedar lining has not been added. The cedar will be the material that will dictate the final thickness. I did not plan on the QS white oak to be this thin but due to shortage of material and some mistakes, the thinner stock is all that I am left to work with at the moment.

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How much weight will it carry? Over what span? Are you doing Inlay
Are you cross grain the oak and cedar? How thick is your cedar?
Most chests have storage in lid will yours ?

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How much weight will it carry? Over what span? Are you doing Inlay
Are you cross grain the oak and cedar? How thick is your cedar?
Most chests have storage in lid will yours ?
The cedar will run cross grain. The span will be 36" wide and 20" from from to rear. No inlays, no storage in the lid. I'd like it to be strong enough so that it will not flex if if person up to 200 lbs. might accidently sit on it. I wanted it be about 1.5" thick but told that iit way to heavy and way to thick but not told how much so.

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Jerry,

1 inch should be plenty.

Can't wait to see pictures!

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1 inch should be plenty.

Can't wait to see pictures!
Doug, thanks for the reply and suggestion.

The build is going slow, but eventually you'll see photos, I hope.

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O.K., I have asked, privately, three member of the this forum this question but have not heard from them yet, they just have not had time to reply to me so I'm asking on the forum to hear what the consensus on the question will be.

Right now the material being used is only .560" thick but the cedar lining has not been added. The cedar will be the material that will dictate the final thickness. I did not plan on the QS white oak to be this thin but due to shortage of material and some mistakes, the thinner stock is all that I am left to work with at the moment.

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Jerry, I just finished cedar chest where the top was 3/4 x 19 x 41 cherry including the breadboard ends. I made it so that one could sit on it. No problem supporting my 230 lbs. Not sure how much strength the cedar lining would add. If you have the top cut to size can you support it where the chest sides would be and then sit on it and see what happens?
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The cedar will run cross grain. The span will be 36" wide and 20" from from to rear. No inlays, no storage in the lid. I'd like it to be strong enough so that it will not flex if if person up to 200 lbs. might accidently sit on it. I wanted it be about 1.5" thick but told that iit way to heavy and way to thick but not told how much so.

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When you asked the question privately you failed to mention that it had to withstand 200 lbs., in which case I would have answered a minimum of 3/4". I'm certain that you would receive a great deal of advice if you were to post a rough drawing.

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When you asked the question privately you failed to mention that it had to withstand 200 lbs., in which case I would have answered a minimum of 3/4". I'm certain that you would receive a great deal of advice if you were to post a rough drawing.
How many times to I have to tell you that I can't see well enough to draw sketch.

After adding the cedar the lid will be about one inch thick.

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Here are the facts, structurally. Two thicknesses cannot be considered as one thickness unless they are working together. Question...How strong would plywood be without the glue between the veneers? Answer...Not very strong at all - there is nothing but an itty-bitty amount of friction to help the layers work together. If the two "wythes" (the proper structural term) are made to work together via a good glue joint - your situation should work fine. As said above, use perpendicular grain directions and the glue.

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How many times to I have to tell you that I can't see well enough to draw sketch.

After adding the cedar the lid will be about one inch thick.

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Have you never considered a camera and big screen monitor? Such systems, usually with an X Y table have been used by the vision impaired for many, many years to read books. Such a set-up would also make setting your fence a simple matter.

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