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Jon Hobbs

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#1 posted 08-10-2016 07:47 PM

First, put a red door on it. Oh, wait. You said no feng shui…

I agree that 1/4” material for space-saving purposes would be ideal. However, you used the words “wildly” and “kids”. That says to me: “durability”.

I’d be tempted to use 1/2” material for the sides/front/back and 1/4” for the bottoms. Maybe rabbet the bottom-inside edge of the sides/front/back to hide the edges of the bottom. You’d use a little height, but not as much as doing a dadoed bottom.

If you want to stick with 1/4” all around, I’d probably use a tongue and groove type joint at the corners of the box. Cut an 1/8” saw kerf vertically, 1/8” in from the ends of each side. Put a 1/8” x 1/8” rabbet vertically on the end of each front & back. Now you have a little tongue on the fronts and backs that’ll fit into the groove on the sides. You could use a similar approach for attaching the bottom without loosing too much height, but gaining a bit more strength over glue and brads alone.

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