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Forum topic by ernieb posted 08-06-2008 03:40 AM 1220 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-06-2008 03:40 AM

i’m planning on making some boxes out of maple and cherry. my tablesaw is a pain to adjust in and out of 45 degrees so i have been experimenting with a rabet joint. i am using 5/8 thick stock and rabet out enough so that 1/4’’ remains. my question is that by using titebond 3 or an equal , in your opinion would glue alone be strong enough to last. i am also using keys such as would be used in a keyed miter joint for decoration and strength. they do look different, but i like the looks.

thanks to all

-- ernieb westerlo, ny

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#1 posted 08-06-2008 06:51 AM

Without knowing how big the boxes are or what they will be holding, I’d suggest tacks or finishing nails in addition to the rabbet and the glue. Hope this helps.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#2 posted 08-06-2008 08:39 AM

Google up or look in a book on Locking rabbets. Its a great joint for drawers as it resists the push and pull. I have a drawer I just made for my shop that is loaded down with my drill bits that uses that joint for the front.

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