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Forum topic by Mark posted 05-21-2015 08:49 PM 762 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-21-2015 08:49 PM

Afternoon all. I’m contemplating utilizing either dovetails or box joints in a cabinet plan I’m working on. I would use this joint to secure the top / bottom to the sides, similar to the picture. My concern is wood movement. The top and bottom will be solid 3/4 Cherry as will be the sides. Any thoughts ?
Thank you.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 05-21-2015 09:01 PM

It would seem that it is all long grain and would expand as one.

-- Jerry

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#2 posted 05-21-2015 11:08 PM

Agreed. As long as the grain is all running in the same direction, it shouldn’t be a problem.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#3 posted 05-22-2015 12:35 AM

I’ll third that motion.

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#4 posted 05-22-2015 04:18 AM

That’s the way it has been done since dovetails became a thing.

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#5 posted 05-22-2015 05:55 AM

Wood movement will not be any problem in this joint when the wood grain is all running one direction

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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