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#1 posted 03-05-2017 09:40 PM

Or do i still need to account for wood movement even at this size.
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Most, if not all of the answers you get will be no. But these answers are from people who’ve never had a problem.
They should read….I’ve never had an issue, but your mileage my vary due to geographic location, and stability of relative humidity from season to season.

If I build a solid box that size, with a tight fitting, solid bottom, there would be about a 50/50 chance of problems.
Inset lids, I have to leave a full 1/16” of play to be safe, otherwise the lid will sometimes become stuck, or near stuck.
Typically, if I use a solid bottom In a dado, I’ll put a couple of dabs of silicone in the corners so the bottom won’t move with normal use and handling, but can if it does swell and/or shrink.

It’s usually no more, or not a whole lot more difficult to build it properly than not, and maybe save yourself some grief later.

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