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#1 posted 02-21-2017 03:02 AM

Personally, I would not do a tongue and groove to make your panels. To be effective they have to be pretty accurately cut or you wind up with minor misalignment that can only be corrected by planing (hand, router jig or machine) or serious sanding afterwords. Also, if you use stock thinner than 3/4”, the tongue and groove start getting pretty thin. Simply edge joining is pretty straight forward as long as you have nice straight edges but you will need a some decent clamps for the glue up. There are various jigs you can make to achieve straight edges with a table saw or router table, if the boards you buy don’t come with the edges straight enough. Or you can learn to sharpen and use a hand plane if you really want to push your woodworking skill.

There are various jigs you can build or buy for cutting box joints on your router table. Practice on some cheaper wood first to learn what can go wrong so you don’t spoil some nicer wood. A small error will multiply over the width of your boards, if you are not careful, and it will not fit together or will have gaps that are hard to hide.

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