Just to clarify, I am manofstone’s son. He is letting me use this to post a question about my project.
I am building a laptop case that will also work as a clipboard (when the lid is down) as well as storage for notebooks, pencils, etc. I have a Porter Cable Dovetail jig, which I am currently fighting with to make the joints align properly. As I was making the cuts, I realized two things: If the lid, which will be hinged to the case, is 16” wide and the length is 11”, should I make the sides, which the lid will rest on top of, 16.5” by 11.5” to ensure that the lid will not overlap the sides? I am using 1/4 inch wood. Basically, given the dimensions of the lid, am I going to need to make the sides a little larger so that I can joint them and get a finished size of 16” x 11”? And should I use finger joints or full-through dovetail joints?
-- ManofStone trying to become a woodworker