Recomendations on joining bookmatched wood for a box top and base

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Forum topic by Blackfly posted 03-16-2012 03:24 PM 1188 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-16-2012 03:24 PM

Hey guys I resawed some purpleheart to arpox 9/16 which I’m looking to join widthwise for some bookmatched sets for a top and bottom of a box. Which joinery process would you recommend, biscuit joints, dowels, or routering with a “lock miter router bit” or tongue and groove router bit? The box will be aprox 15” x 15” and the boards that I want to join have a slight warp from resawing but it is straitening out a bit more day by day. I am planning on doing an inlay in the middle right where the seem would be, would this be an issue?

Thx for any help


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#1 posted 03-16-2012 04:18 PM

I gotta ask? Whassa matter with a good glue joint only? Tongue and groove would be my second choice.


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#2 posted 03-16-2012 07:27 PM

Bill, so you would say just to clamp the two together with some glue? The top will be hinged to open and I wasn’t thinking that it would hold up for durability. That would def be the easiest, what is the best glue for the job? Yes I’m a newb : )



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#3 posted 03-16-2012 07:37 PM

Glue will due. Titebond 2 or 3 will be just fine. When you do glue them together clamp the piece to your bench or a table to keep it flat. My cheapo clamps like to put uneven pressure and will make a sweet dish out of a glue up if i dont use cauls to keep it flat. Most people believe that the glue is stronger than the wood itself.

Welcome to the gang blackfly.

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#4 posted 03-16-2012 11:04 PM

Welcome. As far as I know, glue should be fine for that thickness of joint. It’s what I would do. I would also clamp flat on wax paper on plastic on my bench.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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