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|01-19-2013, 10:22 PM||#2|
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Cincinnati, OH
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I guess it depends on the type of box I'm making. Mostly if I make a square box I will use miter joints for small projects and put splines in them if I feel they need more strength.
I hear the folks in Washington and Colorado have started rolling their joints. Sorry, couldn't pass on this one.
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|01-20-2013, 12:35 AM||#3|
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Join Date: May 2012
Location: Honaker, Virginia
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I use a dovetail joint anytime I can and as long as the stock is thick enough, 1/4" is about as thin as I can make a dovetail.
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|02-01-2013, 04:37 PM||#4|
Join Date: Jul 2005
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I typically use half-laps for boxes. They are very strong and very quick to do (granted, most of my work is done in a more production oriented style so speed counts). For my one personal box that I've made I used Box Joints.
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|02-01-2013, 08:36 PM||#5|
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Join Date: Sep 2008
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Hi Will - Having just invested in a sliding miter saw with which I hope soon to make a lot of simple boxes, I'll be following Don's lead. When necessary I have a spline jig at the ready to whistle the boxes through the table saw to either strengthen them or use a contrasting spline as a decorative feature.
having said this I think choosing the joint depends very much on what sort of box you want to make. For cheap and cheerful boxes where emphasis is maybe on the decoration rather than on the design and making of the box I'd say that half-laps or miters are the way to go. For top notch well designed and made boxes were emphasis is on the craftsmanship there are many possibilities with probably combed or finger joints and dovetails in various forms towards the top of the list.
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|02-01-2013, 09:32 PM||#6|
Join Date: Mar 2005
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Splined mitre joints are strong and attractive. You can't cut mitre joints accurately with just a scroll saw though! I prefer to use a table saw for mine but it would certainly be feasible to make them with a table-mounted router or possibly even a sanding station.
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|02-01-2013, 10:47 PM||#7|
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Broken Arrow, Okla.
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I've been making slide boxes. With a solid piece cut out the center with the scroll saw and leave about 1/2 " for the walls of the box, then cut that in 2 pieces of 1/4" each withe the scroll saw then one will slide over the other, then fasten the top to a plate and the bottom to another and you have a slide box.