I don’t have any photos on me so hopefully I can describe this ok. Say I build a box like so:
- Cut the four sides.
- Cut dado in bottom of each side, on table saw (I don’t have another good way), which means they extend end-to-end.
- Join the four sides with box joints or dovetails, for aesthetics.
Now there is a problem. Because the slots in the sides are cut end-to-end, they knock out an exposed piece at the bottom of the corner joints, leaving conspicuous holes where the corners overlap the slots. Also, once the base is in place, the sides of the base are visible through these holes. Because there are dadoes in all four sides, there is no way to cut the joints to hide the holes.
How can I avoid this? Is there a trick? A different kind of corner joint? So far the only thing I’ve done is cut plugs to fit in the holes, but then the grain doesn’t match up properly and they still look like a sloppy patch job (which they are).