I’m starting a couple briefcases to hold pistols. The frame will be maple. I’d like to make the sides from solid maple also. However, I’m a bit concerned about wood movement.
The frame corners will be box joints. Rabbets in the frame to receive the side panels is the option I prefer.
Since the lid and the “box” will both be lined with 1” thick compressible foam, I thought about adding a 1X1/2 strip of wood at the bottom of the rabbet for screws to hold the side panes. The screw holes in the strip would be elongated to allow movement of the panels.
In your opinion(s), would this be an acceptable method? Are there better methods?
I really do not want to use veneer over plywood.
Thanks for your help.
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