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LSGss

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03-05-2017 04:01 PM

Hello all,

Quick question to those with more experience. I am building a small box approximately 6” deep, 8” wide, and 4” high. I wanted to make the top of solid wood, same for the bottom. I was thinking of using a mahogany, sapele or walnut species. Can I make the top and bottom solid and glue it into a dado. Or do i still need to account for wood movement even at this size.

Thank you
Lenny


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papadan

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#1 posted 03-05-2017 05:38 PM

Don’t worry about movement on a project that small.

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TheFridge

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#2 posted 03-05-2017 05:43 PM



Don t worry about movement on a project that small.

- papadan

Ditto

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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LSGss

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#3 posted 03-05-2017 06:19 PM

Great thanks for all your quick responses and help.
Lenny

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#4 posted 03-05-2017 09:40 PM

Or do i still need to account for wood movement even at this size.
- LSGss

Most, if not all of the answers you get will be no. But these answers are from people who’ve never had a problem.
They should read….I’ve never had an issue, but your mileage my vary due to geographic location, and stability of relative humidity from season to season.

If I build a solid box that size, with a tight fitting, solid bottom, there would be about a 50/50 chance of problems.
Inset lids, I have to leave a full 1/16” of play to be safe, otherwise the lid will sometimes become stuck, or near stuck.
Typically, if I use a solid bottom In a dado, I’ll put a couple of dabs of silicone in the corners so the bottom won’t move with normal use and handling, but can if it does swell and/or shrink.

It’s usually no more, or not a whole lot more difficult to build it properly than not, and maybe save yourself some grief later.

-- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

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#5 posted 03-05-2017 09:51 PM

With something that small you will have no problems.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#6 posted 03-06-2017 12:29 AM



With something that small you will have no problems.

- johnstoneb


Agreed but…couldn’t hurt to follow Tony_S’s suggestions just to be safe especially the lid suggestion. I will from now on.

-- Andybb - GO HAWKS!

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