LumberJocks

I Need A Suitable Joint Suggestion

  • Advertise with us

« back to Joinery forum

Forum topic by adot45 posted 05-17-2018 03:17 PM 502 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View adot45's profile

adot45

122 posts in 703 days


05-17-2018 03:17 PM

I have been asked to make a box that will hold a fellow veterans cremation canister, a project that I am honored to do.

But I don’t want to try and work above my skill level. I tried setting up a 90* lock miter bit on my table and felt that it was an accident waiting to happen, and I would rather not try to use that. I need a suggestion for a joint that I can make. I don’t have the canister yet but the box I want to make for it is a vertical rectangle, three sided with a top and bottom, with a glass front. I’m OK with the front glass part but I need to make nice looking corners at the rear, or back of the box. I don’t have the canister here yet, but as I recall it is nominally 5 inches square by 12 inches tall. The wood will be walnut to match his flag case. Any suggestions would be helpful and appreciated.

-- David -- sent from my linux box


9 replies so far

View johnstoneb's profile

johnstoneb

2987 posts in 2251 days


#1 posted 05-17-2018 03:25 PM

Do a miter with splines straight or dovetail. Do you know what the cremation canister will look like. If it from a veterans cemetery it will probably be black plastic. Do you really need a glass front for that? Check out the 2 links I posted here especially the everlasting tree.

http://mkmk.com/swiwt/newsletter_images/newsletter_pdfs/may-2018-newsletter.pdf

http://www.everlastingtree.com/index.html

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

View adot45's profile

adot45

122 posts in 703 days


#2 posted 05-17-2018 04:04 PM

Hi Bruce, mitered corners with splines would be something I could do, so that’s one possibility.
The canister is a colorful flag and eagle motif and the widow asked for a glass front so it can be seen.
It is nice enough to stand on it`s own but the widow wants it to match the flag case.
Thank you for your reply.

-- David -- sent from my linux box

View Dave Polaschek's profile

Dave Polaschek

2378 posts in 661 days


#3 posted 05-17-2018 04:08 PM

I’d say miter with splines or dovetails, as well. Multiple splines, probably, and you can vary the look a lot by changing the contrast and spacing of them.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

View adot45's profile

adot45

122 posts in 703 days


#4 posted 05-17-2018 04:48 PM

Thanks Dave, I think that will be the way to go and should be a nice look. Would you suggest cutting the splines on the table saw or with a router?

-- David -- sent from my linux box

View Rich's profile

Rich

3328 posts in 668 days


#5 posted 05-17-2018 08:32 PM



I tried setting up a 90* lock miter bit on my table and felt that it was an accident waiting to happen, and I would rather not try to use that.

- adot45

I did a blog post on setting up a lock miter bit. I’m not suggesting you use one here, but for future reference my method is foolproof.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

View adot45's profile

adot45

122 posts in 703 days


#6 posted 05-17-2018 08:39 PM

Thanks Rich, I will check that out.

-- David -- sent from my linux box

View Dave Polaschek's profile

Dave Polaschek

2378 posts in 661 days


#7 posted 05-17-2018 11:53 PM

David, I’d saw them by hand, but I’ve seen a lot of guys build a jig to hold the box on its corner so you can run it across the table saw safely. Seems that might be the easiest solution, but I’m far from an expert.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

View adot45's profile

adot45

122 posts in 703 days


#8 posted 05-18-2018 12:33 AM



David, I’d saw them by hand, but I’ve seen a lot of guys build a jig to hold the box on its corner so you can run it across the table saw safely. Seems that might be the easiest solution, but I’m far from an expert.

- Dave Polaschek

Yep, I already have a jig to do that on the table saw that I use for picture frames, I’ll enlarge it a little for this project.
Thanks Dave

-- David -- sent from my linux box

View recon49's profile

recon49

7 posts in 84 days


#9 posted 05-25-2018 03:17 AM


I tried setting up a 90* lock miter bit on my table and felt that it was an accident waiting to happen, and I would rather not try to use that.

- adot45

I did a blog post on setting up a lock miter bit. I m not suggesting you use one here, but for future reference my method is foolproof.

- Rich

Rich that’s another good guide.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com