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#1 posted 01-31-2013 01:35 PM

My recommendation is to spline join the sides; that is, route or TS a 1/4” dado in each corner, inset by 1/4”, then create a 1/4” spline the length of the side – this creates a ~20” floating tenon joining two 20” wide mortises. I then reinforce the joined edge with a triangle-shaped piece of wood: the right-angle portion of the triangle is glued to the mated sides, and provides substantial strength to the corner – big boxes that will be moved should have very strong joinery.

If you’re interested in this approach, please see my Blanket Chest project posted on LJ, or e-mail me. This approach requires more woodworking; however, it’s very effective.

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