Having mitred the corners, the temptation is to glue the box sides together – a mistake I made once, but never again! Of course you need to make provision for the box bottom and lid first.
You could just rebate for the bottom, and rely on glue and pins, but I like to float the bottom in a groove. And a sliding lid, with it’s lack of hardware, makes an ideal choice and also requires a groove. Therefore it seemed only fitting to use the no.45 to make the grooves, which is what I did.
Now for a close up of a view you don’t often see:
Finally I sized the bottom and lid for the box, using the measurements of the back of the groove between mitres to give me absolute maximums. The width being reduced a fair amount to allow for expansion, whilst the length just having a few shavings off.
The next step will be the glue-up – but that’s another story.
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