Wood movement on tiny boxes

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Forum topic by Rich L. posted 05-19-2015 11:23 PM 996 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rich L.

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05-19-2015 11:23 PM

Hi all,

I’ve made several mitered boxes over the years. To allow for wood movement the lid panels float in dadoes cut inside the box sides. Pretty standard procedure and seems to work well.

I’m about to make several very small ring boxes no larger than 3 inches square. Some will be mitered and some will be made from a solid block bored out with a forstner bit. The lids will be the same species of wood on some of the boxes and a different species on others.

I’m wondering if I can glue the 1/4 inch thick tops and bottoms directly on the box frames. Would expansion of such small parts still be a concern?

Thanks in advance for your input.

Rich L

-- Rich, Southern CA

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#1 posted 05-19-2015 11:29 PM

I wouldnt worry about expansion those.

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#2 posted 05-20-2015 06:25 PM

Thanks for the reply. I’ve seen a number of project posts and a few videos where they glue the tops right on; But it still concerned me enough to ask.


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#3 posted 05-20-2015 07:25 PM

You sure can, I’ve glued the bottoms of candle boxes directly on crossgrain up to about 4 inches with no problems.

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#4 posted 05-20-2015 09:49 PM

I agree. The parts are too small for significant wood movement issues

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