Putting Lid on Box Joint Box

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Forum topic by Jim Ganley posted 10-16-2018 03:16 PM 474 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jim Ganley

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10-16-2018 03:16 PM

Good Morning all;
I am having a problem trying to put a lid on a box joint box, I want to rabbit the top and bottom so they lay flush with the box sides. My problem is that on two sides (A-B) I can run the rabbit and on the other two sides (C-D)if I run a rabbit it will show as a gap in the pin. If I do a stop rabbit on the two ends (C-D) I have to bring the rabbit very close to the pin.
Or would it be best to glue the top and bottom and forget this joining problem.

-- Jim - Cushing, WI

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#1 posted 10-16-2018 04:00 PM

You can glue the box together first then use a rabbit bit on the router table to make the recess for the top and bottom. I’ve done this many times.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#2 posted 10-16-2018 04:19 PM

If I understand what you are trying to do correctly, I was dealing with the same issue making some small lidded boxes. What I wound up doing was gluing up the box, sawing off the lid, and then lining it with very thin maple. It not only provided a nice contrast in color, but finished off the interior of the box. I also glued down a piece to the bottom interior. By leaving the lining about 1/4 to 5/16 inch above the edge of the box and rounding over the lip, it aligned the lid.

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#3 posted 10-16-2018 04:37 PM

I take a board and just glue it to the box sides (like rich above) (not the index lining part which is cool) , but just glue a board on top and plane/sand it to flush to the lid.

-- Petey

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#4 posted 10-18-2018 03:58 PM

Thanks guy’s going to make it much more workable and fun I really hate it when I hit a stumper, using the router will that leave round corners or would I have to stop before the corners and chisel the corners square. Another problem I have with the box joints is how do I get them square? once all the clamps are on it is almost impossible to get any type of reading. I glued one up last night and this morning it is out of square, side A-C is 11- 3/8” and sides B-D is 11 -7/16 those stick outs are a problem and would be much easier if I could remove them ahead of time.

-- Jim - Cushing, WI

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