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#1 posted 11-27-2012 09:13 PM

Generally speaking, you are correct—you should NOT glue a solid bottom into a dovetailed box.

You CAN, however, tack glue along end grain in the center of the panel with the rest left loose—that would still allow expansion without catastrophic results.

Some people glue along only one edge for a similar result, but to me that puts a high burden on the other edge for all of the expansion clearances.

Also note that the rules can be fudged if your bottom is plywood or MDF instead of solid wood, as there is minimal expansion with these materials.

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