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Forum topic by Firemanwill posted 05-23-2014 04:01 AM 1004 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Firemanwill

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05-23-2014 04:01 AM

Topic tags/keywords: joints humidor novice dovetail box

I’m building a humidor and not sure if I should do box joints or dovetail joints. Any advice would be appreciated….

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#1 posted 05-23-2014 04:12 AM

Which are you more comfortable with? Dovetails are a more substantial joint in a small box but if your not used to cutting them it could make a simple project a real cost of your time.

I personally like box joints and contrasting wood. I don’t think you can go wrong with either.

If your looking to advance your skills try the doves, if it’s a commissioned piece and you work well with box joints I would go the later.

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#2 posted 05-23-2014 04:19 AM

Welcome to LJ’s btw!

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#3 posted 05-23-2014 04:20 AM

With dovetails you’ll either have to invest in some sort of power
tool jig or spend time getting set up and practicing to cut them
by hand. I do it with a bow saw or a dozuki on smaller dovetails.
Once you have it down, you’ll have it for life.

On the other hand, box joints can be managed with simple
shop made jigs on a table saw or router table.

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#4 posted 05-23-2014 05:05 AM

I don’t have a decent box joint jig ready to go but I am able to hand-cut dovetails fairly quickly so that’s the route I usually take.

So far I’ve not seen any of the joints I’ve cut of either variety fail so strength doesn’t seem to be an issue with either option.

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#5 posted 05-23-2014 11:00 AM

Box joints would be my choice.

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#6 posted 05-23-2014 12:29 PM

What about dressing up the box joint like this :

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#7 posted 05-23-2014 03:17 PM

I have a dove jig that I use to make drawers. I do mostly half blind doves because they look cleaner. I was thinking of box joints. BinghamtonEd, that’s a good idea on dressing up the edges.

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