I started wood working last Christmas and I have a cardboard box with various scrap pieces of hard wood in my basement workshop.
I thought, I should have a wooden box to store these in.
Problem is, I’ve never made a simple storage bin before and I spent a bit of time trying to figure out what type of joint to use.
Dovetails scare me, and rabbet joints don’t look very good, so I opted for the common finger joint.
I built a screw advance box joint jig for my table saw.
It’s not the prettiest one, nor does it have fancy wooden gears, but it works.
So, now I have my four 8” high by 12” long sides cut out of 1/2” plywood with all the 1/4” fingers cut out and it dry fits very well.
Now I’m trying to figure out the best way of gluing it together.
I will use Titebond 2 glue, and figure the best way to get the glue on quickly is with a small brush.
I foresee a few problems.
I will take the entire top off the glue bottle, dab the brush into the glue and go in between the fingers as quickly as possible to minimize swelling and drying before I can get the pieces together.
This does not seem possible without creating a mess of glue running down the sides of the plywood.
Plus, I figure I would have to clamp and square each corner before starting to glue the next side, as it will most certainly be dry by the time I get the next side done.
So, there are 16 fingers on each end of each board, that all need to have glue applied, assembled, clamped and squared before swelling and drying occurs.
How do you guys and gals do it?
-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada