|Forum topic by ADHDan||posted 08-29-2012 06:49 PM||2665 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
08-29-2012 06:49 PM
I’m making a simple box to hold some cutting boards. It needed to be a cheap and fast project, so I used scrap plywood with rabbet joints. It seems sturdy enough, but the joints are not perfect and in some places the plywood is gappy, so I’d like to do something to reinforce it. The box itself is really narrow – about 3” wide on the inside – and I’d rather not use cleats, since I think it is barely big enough to hold my cutting boards as-is. Plus I had to prefinish all of the pieces before glue up, again because I couldn’t get inside to stain/poly after assembly.
I was thinking of drilling holes through the joints every 5” or so and inserting glue-soaked fluted dowel pins. This would be a little different from a typical dowel joint because I’d be drilling straight through both workpieces. Assuming the pins are in tight, would this add much support to the joints? The box is 1/2” ply, I’d be using 1/4” dowel pins (very carefully placed). I was thinking this would be better than screwing into end-grain plywood.
Edit: the box is more or less going to remain stationary, so I don’t anticipate a lot of stress on the joints. It’s just a long, tall, narrow box that fits the space between our fridge and our cabinets, so we can keep cutting boards there without having them sit in a pile of accumulated dust.
-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.