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#1 posted 08-20-2016 09:20 PM

Alaska Guy has a good point. You can make the dovetails too tight and when the wood swells a bit from the moisture in the glue you have a real problem. If you are having to pound the joints together with a rubber mallet or draw them down with clamp pressure you might be in for a hassle when you assemble them with glue. Part of the problem is how long it takes to spread glue on all of the pins and tails.

The blue tape in the inside is one of the best things that ever happened to woodworking. Do you plan to dye the box before or after the glue up? One of the real problems with the line of glue squeeze out on the inside corner of the joint is that it doesn’t take stain, dye, or finish exactly like the rest of the wood. You think you have wiped and scraped it all off only to find the problem when applying the finish. Avoiding the problem with the blue tape trick is great.

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