|Forum topic by ynathans||posted 06-18-2014 02:21 PM||1056 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
06-18-2014 02:21 PM
I am a relative beginner and am in the design phase for a small box, maybe 6-8” wide by 10” high. I am planning to use oak and was going to practice dovetails for the joinery. I am going to use the Incra router system with the right angle attachment and had a few questions:
1. Do I have to have the dovetails somehow spaced out perfectly—meaning what if the width of the side is such that the board ends midway thru the last dovetail? I hope that makes sense.
2. For the bottom of the box what is my best bet? I want the bottom to be flush with the sides. Can I use dovetails on the bottom too? Or am I better off cutting a groove and inserting a board?
3. The box will have a cover—do I just cut a rabbet on the edges to make it sit flush? If the thickness of the wood will be 3/8” how wide/deep should the rabbet be?
Unrelated—in this case I will be using hardwood—in the past I tried to make box joints on the router table with plywood but the tearout was terrible, and it was essentially unusable. I’ve seen on youtube people making boxjoints with plywood on the tablesaw without issues—will it work on the tablesaw but not on the router table? (Same for dovetails?)