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Forum topic by ClayandNancy posted 06-06-2011 10:19 PM 970 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-06-2011 10:19 PM

I am starting to get into making boxes, I built a box joint jig and will start off with that type of joint. Then will test my skills with some dovetails. But my question is, what are you using for the bottoms, plywood, hardboard, or solid wood? If solid wood, are you gluing up then planning to say a 1/4”?

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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 06-06-2011 10:30 PM

Depends on the style. Some box bottoms are joined to the sides. In that case, I use solid wood. Sometimes I use a hardwood plywood in grooves in the sides. Other times, I’ve used solid wood. In either case, the bottom panel is not glued and I stay shy of the groove bottoms by about a 32nd.
!/4 is good. I usually plane the solid wood to 3/8 and do a raised panel type bottom. When using ply, the size of the box dictates whether the bottom needs to be 1/2, 1/4 or 1/8.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 06-06-2011 10:50 PM

1/8” baltic birch plywood. No blade change on the TS. Simple & looks good.

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#3 posted 06-07-2011 12:30 AM

I resaw and plane or sand solid wood to 1/4” to make my bottoms. Glue in place or trap in a dado.

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