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Strong method for bottom of a box

I think the most sturdy way to put a bottom in a box is to capture it with grooves on the sides. With a rabbet the glue joint is holding the bottom on, while in a groove the structure of the wood ...
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Minimising Kerf on deep opening doors on box project

The doors should have no problem clearing each other assuming the hinge pivot is in line with the seam between doors and the stationary part of the cabinet as viewed from the top. The edges of the ...
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Joint types for very thin plywood

one-eighth inch beech plywood is a common material for laser cutting, specifically for creating custom boxes as you describe. There are extensions to Inkscape for making boxes with tabbed edges, also ...
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What is an easy way of putting together a mitred box?

I thought it would be better to have pictures of the tape method for greater clarity as well as to future-proof things in case of changes to any of the external links provided in this and other ...
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What is an easy way of putting together a mitred box?

I have done something similar using baltic birch plywood for boxes that are up to about 8" by 8" by 8". The first challenge is to make certain that the miters are cut exactly 45 degrees. If you ...
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Minimising Kerf on deep opening doors on box project

My plan was to build a box, then cut it open, but that might not work. That is the usual way of building a lid for a box. You build a hollow cube with no lid, then cut the lid off. This guarantees ...
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Cutting a 45 degree bevel on all 4 sides of a small piece of wood

Normally, being rather new to woodworking, I refrain from providing answers to people's questions, but I think I have a method that might help here. If you start out with an oversized piece of wood (...
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Strong method for bottom of a box

As SaSSafraS1232 mentioned making a box for the purpose you stated is much like making a drawer. 1. Groove all sides, front and back of the box/drawer, then glue the sides to either the front or back ...
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How to account for wood movement in a curved chest lid

As Graphus stated in comment, the wood members in the arched top will expand and contract while cross grain ends will not. The differences in expansion can easily cause failure in the top. I can ...
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Joint types for very thin plywood

What would be a good way to joint such thin plywood? The simplest joint of all, butt joints, could be sufficient here given the possible sizes of boxes you're making and the use they have to ...
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Strong method for bottom of a box

Your making a box to hold a sewing machine? They are pretty heavy items. I don't think a rebate would be sufficient enough. If you have 3/4 material, then the groove is usually 3/8 deep - more then ...
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Cutting curved box legs

The problem is that once you've cut your first curve you lose that side as a flat, square reference surface for cutting the second curve with a bandsaw/router. You can get around this easily by ...
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Cutting curved box legs

Power tools I guess the standard way to do this sort of thing these days is with a bandsaw. And keeping the first waste piece cut from each piece can prove very helpful with this method so that you ...
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Box with 3/4" plywood with screws not joined

Yes of course you can join using screws only if desired. But as you'd see if you look at plywood building advice going way back ;-) adding glue is frequently advised for increasing strength in plywood ...
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What is an easy way of putting together a mitred box?

If the box is big enough, you can use shop made corner clamps like the ones featured in this Wood magazine article. If the box is too small for that, it might be a good candidate for gluing up using ...
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Cutting a 45 degree bevel on all 4 sides of a small piece of wood

Since you have access to a router, you could use a 45° Chamfer bit. I used a similar bit to create the same (but smaller) bevels on MDF plinths we installed all throughout the house. Unless you ...
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Gluing veneered panels together to make a box

After looking at your pictures and seeing what you're after, I think I've got a better idea of what you're doing. If it were me, I'd cut all the box joints first. Your heavy power tools that you'd be ...
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Proper grain orientation for a box

Running the grain vertically on the sides would be highly unusual. If this were a problem to consider, you've now shifted the issue to expansion differences between the sides and the front/back! I'...
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Doweling technique - can they be applied in two stages?

If you can't clamp it up, do your initial assembly with screws and glue. The screws act as clamps. Once the glue has cured, remove the screws, and use those same holes as the pilot holes for ...
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Doweling technique - can they be applied in two stages?

The only downside I can think of is that you'd see the dowels from the outside. But sometimes that can be a desired look, too; it depends on the aesthetic you're going for. It would not weaken the ...
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Removing excess key from Inside of box

I can't come up with a straightforward way to remove the key waste on the inside. Even using a delicate sawing technique it seems like one could all too easily damage the bottom and/or sides and/or ...
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Strong method for bottom of a box

Wood glues (PVA) are fairly strong in tension (pulling apart) but weaker in shear, (sliding surfaces in opposite directions. Although a rabbet joint should be strong enough, I like belts and ...
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Styling dovetail box - tails or pins on front side

If it's just an aesthetic decision, it comes down to what you think looks better. For my money, pins are more visually interesting than tails, so I'd face the pins forward (meaning tails are cut into ...
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Why does my miter saw cut 45 degree angles differently?

Have you checked your saw to ensure that when you set it at the 45° stop, the blade is actually 45° to the fence? That tuning process, ensuring that the miter stops (and gauge in general) are set ...
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Kitchen/Workshop unit design

1 meter drawers are pretty wide -- they could work, but would have to be substantial. If you split the 1m unit into 2 bays for drawers, you could insert a full width shelf below the drawers and have a ...
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Kitchen/Workshop unit design

however I would like a drawer at the top with 2 doors below. a 1m long drawer seems a little drastic A 1m wide drawer is perfectly doable if you have the confidence to build one. Think about wide ...
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Easiest joints for 3/4" plywood step?

Easiest has to be plain butt-jointed; possibly reinforced with a few brads. There isn't going to be all that much stress on these joints - most of the load is going to be going straight down through ...
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How to make a case with walls+top as a single piece and bottom as only separate part?

Your idea is certainly workable. However, I think I would quickly grow tired from unscrewing the bolts. Instead, I would use a number of toggle latches to keep the lid and bottom together: You can ...
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Cutting a 45 degree bevel on all 4 sides of a small piece of wood

I'm not sure what you are trying to do . Do you want a chamfered edge or a pyramid like top? Note that cutting small pieces using spinning blades such as a tablesaw or miter saw is dangerous. Work ...
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