I often find myself wanting to build plywood boxes of various sizes for various uses. I realize that the size and use can dictate how to construct the box, but are there some general recommendations for how to construct a box from plywood?
I'm most interested in how to deal with the joints. What are some big no-nos and what are some good practices to keep in mind the next time I find myself with some plywood and a need for a box (think cabinet scale rather than something that would sit on a shelf).
Some of my approaches in the past:
- Build a lightweight frame out of 2x2s or some variation, then attach plywood sheets to the frame.
- Use brackets (usually with glue between the joined surfaces).
- Just glue the joining surfaces and clamp.
For me the priority is rough rapid assembly and reasonable strength (not as concerned with aesthetics).