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Michael Murphy

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#1 posted 05-13-2010 10:54 PM

Groove the inside of the box pieces say 1/4” down from the top edge at a depth of maybe half the thickness of the parts. Make the groove wide enough to fit your panel or shaped edge of panel. When you miter the parts and assemble them, put the panel in the groove. You might want to prefinish it to keep it from getting glued in. It should have a little clearance on the ends and a little more on the sides for wood movement.

Is that what you mean by a floating panel? You could put a bottom in the same way.

Then when you cut the top off make sure you are far enough away from the top edge to miss the panel groove by a little.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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