|Forum topic by Mainiac Matt||posted 01-22-2014 08:38 PM||1450 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
01-22-2014 08:38 PM
When I completed my oldest daughters NYWS hope chest, the side and end panels were connected with a tongue and groove joint, per the plan. But the joint didn’t close tight 100% on one of the corners, and my attempts to fill the tiny, tiny gap with sawdust and glue didn’t pan out.
I’m going to be making a second chest for daughter #2 soon, and am looking for skill builder modifications. So I picked up a lock miter bit, thinking I would solve my corner gap problems and lose the seam line completely.
But now I’m having second thoughts. It seems lock miters are usually used for small boxes, and even drawers, but would a chest edge be too long? and make assembly a challenge?
Here’s a screen shot of the computer model to illustrate the original design and length of the edge.
And this is what I’m thinking about doing….
Is this too long for a lock miter joint?
Has anyone done a corner this long with a lock miter bit?
If so, any assembly tips?
Should I consider ripping at 45 deg. on the TS and then using biscuits to align the panels and add strength?
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