Design/joinery options for a strong wooden handles

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Forum topic by siavosh posted 02-06-2014 10:10 PM 1035 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-06-2014 10:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: handles box wooden handle joinery

I’m building a Japanese style toolbox, and I’m trying to come up with some design for wooden handles on the ends that will be strong and not too shabby to look at design wise. I’ve thought of putting wooden blocks with through wedged mortise and tenons to keep them in place. But I feel it’ll need to stick out on the inside to keep it strong, and not one day just break off.

Are there other options for wooden handles for a box that can be relatively heavy?

Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 02-07-2014 03:06 AM

Cut the through tenons flush with the inside, sticking out won’t make them stronger. Taper the mortise a little bit so when wedged they can’t come out.

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#2 posted 02-07-2014 05:48 AM

How about a reverse french cleat?

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