|Forum topic by Betsy||posted 2183 days ago||554 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
2183 days ago
I’m making a small box for one of my bosses at work. I’ve settled on a very simple design – I usually do miter corners – but this one is butt joints. The book I took this out of suggests using screws and like colored plugs to connect the sides to the ends. I don’t like that idea. I’ve decided to make square plugs of contrasting wood to hide the mechanical fastener.
My question is in a small box such as this (3×5 roughly) do you really have to use a screw? I’m thinking of just a small finish nail as I don’t have screws that small that would not crack the wood. Would a nail do the job or should I go out and get some small screws? Or do I really need a mechanical fastener for a box this small? Either way, screw or nail, I’ll drill a pilot hole.
I’ll be sure to post a picture later of the box – but while I was thinking about this I wanted to get your opinions.
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