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Forum topic by nate22 posted 251 days ago 469 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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When making a box like a jewelry box or another kind of box how do you put it together. In the past I have glued them and I can’t seem to get the corners to line up straight. Then I end up sanding the corners. Then it doesn’t look right because I had to sand to much. Is there a better way to do it or is glueing them the best way.

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#1 posted 251 days ago

I may be wrong, and usually am, but it sounds like your miters are off.

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#2 posted 251 days ago

For me, I like using blue painters tape or any low tack/adhesive tape. IMO, sometimes clamps are cumbersome on small projects. Below is a forum about this method, with some great advice.

I remember some time ago member a1Jim posted a forum on gluing mitered corners. In the forum there were many discussions on techniques and types of clamps. Maybe if a1Jim see’s your question, he can provide his expertise

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#3 posted 251 days ago

If your miters are good and it’s just a matter of holding the parts aligned until the glue sets there are many techniques for that.
I have used masking tape to attach the pieces flat and in line then fold them into a box. The tape will be around the outside after folding and can be removed after the glue sets.
Sometimes I use 23ga pin nails to keep the miters from sliding.

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#4 posted 251 days ago

I use corner clamps with titebond original for gluing up speaker boxes. I use a wet cloth for cleaning up excess and I just use my hands to make sure they are lined up.

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#5 posted 251 days ago

Blue painters tape. When laying on the tape give it a little stretch. Turn the project over glue er up, insert panels and fold it up. Simple.

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#6 posted 251 days ago

I just made a few boxes and used these Veritas clamps on the mitered ones. They work great and keep your boxes square with as much or as little pressure as you need. Depending on the size of the project, you can use one at the top and bottom. HTH

-- Art

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