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Forum topic by kent_michaels posted 05-20-2011 10:35 PM 1507 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-20-2011 10:35 PM

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Hey guys I’m in the planning stages of building some dovetailed and box jointed crates that will be made to have an antique look and used for a book case. My question is what would traditionaly be used to attach the bottom of a crate like that, a stopped dado, or just a simple rabbet? Thanks for any help guys!


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#1 posted 05-20-2011 11:04 PM

I would think a dado. Or a locking rabbet. You want material under the piece that is being hung to support it…

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#2 posted 05-20-2011 11:08 PM

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#3 posted 05-21-2011 03:03 AM

Kent, use a stopped dado. Otherwise you are going to have a gap in your dovetails.

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#4 posted 05-22-2011 08:44 PM

You have to use a dado. Bottoms of crates or boxes usually float in the groove without any adhesive. A rabbeted joint would require glue or nails to hold the bottom in place.

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