Palm Box (copy) #3: Lambs tongue stopped chamfers?

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Blog entry by mpmitche posted 12-24-2010 07:14 AM 1115 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My little palm box copy is in the clamps with the glue drying. The lid is close to being ready and will be finished when the glue dries. I have a couple things to decide on before I finish. I would really like to chamfer most of the edges and stop some of them with a lambs tongue. I’m a little nervous about this, for one I’ve never done it and two the purpleheart seems very brittle. If anyone has a good technique I’d love to hear it.

I’m also a little nervous about the strenght of the sides of this box. They are only glued to end grain. I have been thinking about adding a few pegs through the sides into the front, back and bottom. I’m short on time so curious if people think it will be strong enough without them.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#1 posted 12-24-2010 11:55 AM

yes, plenty strong with only glue. I have done this many times. Since it’s just a box, there is no stress ( or shouldn’t be) on the joints. If the box will be used for elephant tricks, then add dowels.
Good luck and hurry – it’s xmas here already.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#2 posted 12-24-2010 05:09 PM

I agree with Steve. Very few boxes require more than glue for either miter or rabbet joints. One may choose to use box joints or dovetail joints for visual reasons, but strength is seldom an issue. (except for elephant tricks) Good luck.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#3 posted 12-24-2010 07:47 PM

I wanted to do dovetails but still need to practice and didn’t have time. The next box I make will be a knitting box with dovetails for my wife.

-- Mike, Western New York

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