I am going to make a dovetail box I was just wondering what the options are for fitting the lid and bottom. In the past I have made boxes with the top and bottom fitted in to a groove and then patching the gaps that this created in the tails.
Is there a way to make the box without having to patch the gaps? I can’t use half blind dt’s as the stock is only 7/16″ thick.
Not sure I can add much to what’s already been proposed. The way of attaching a bottom depends on the size of the box. I was shocked when Paul glued on the bottom of the tool chest – I though that case was far to big to think about gluing the bottom in place. For larger boxes it is much more typical to capture the bottom in a groove. Mitered corners are an option. I remember seeing Cris Schwarz make regular dovetails except that the top one (or bottom one, or both top and bottom) was mitered. It’s been a while since I’d seen that, but that could be an option. Although I remember thinking at the time I read it “I’ll never do that because it’s way too complicated”. Maybe with the things I’ve learned from PS, it wouldn’t bee that complicated now.
Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/
Thanks Matt – I think you’re right about the mitred through dovetail. I did look at this one a fair while ago and reached much the conclusion as yourself! But who knows, maybe now it wouldn’t be so hard.
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