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#1 posted 04-15-2012 03:58 PM

I think actually MDO would work best if you can get it in your area. This is plywood with a resin impregnated paper laid on as the finish layer on both sides. This takes paint better than either birch ply or MDF. And you can often get it pre-primed as well for a few bucks extra. I use it for most case goods that are going to be painted.

As for the corners I would look at a drawer lock joint as it provides a lot more glue surface for more strength in the joint. It can be easily cut on the table saw with a bit of setup. The problem with a plain rabbet is that half your glue surface is end grain which does not provide a strong bond. The corners are not going to be carrying the bulk of the weight (the center divider will) but they do need more strength to keep from pulling apart. Any end grain that is exposed can be skimmed over with filler and sanded to seal it for painting. Another possibility, if you don’t mind another opinion on design, would be to divide the inside into 3 compartments, with 2 dividers equally spaced inside. This would provide much more strength to carry the load of a tv, and you would only lose .75” of space inside (about 2 DVDs worth?). My two cents….hope it helps.

-- I used to be all thumbs......'til I got a tablesaw!

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