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Best way to do this joint?

I'm not even sure what you'd call this, but what I'm after is joining two vertical panels (18" deep into the page) to opposing sides of a horizontal piece (also 18" deep), all as part of a media cabinet. See the attachment for an example of what I mean.

I've thought of a few ways to do it, but I'm not in love with any of them.

1. Alternating mortise and tenons
2. Very shallow dado (like 1/8")
3. Dowels/biscuits

Any other methods or preferences?
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post #2 of 6 Old 02-08-2015, 10:44 AM
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If the pieces are thick enough you might try a half lap joint.
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As mentioned and possible half lap..
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I don't like the idea of a lap joint on an 18" panel. What happens when the panel inevitably tries to cup some? I don't trust a lap joint to hold 9" of panel in place. Am I off base?
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My goof... You want to route,dado,etc into half the 18" the thickness of the opposing piece correct? So the legs will crisscross correct? I can't think of what its called either. Kinda like a cheap breakaway table support correct.
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The nomenclature of more complex woodworking joints can be confusing. Yours is an edge joint, which can be lapped and housed. I would call it, a "housed edge cross lap joint" but many other names could be used. Here is a picture I found
http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/attac...t-100_1921.jpg

PS, you can do it stopped at the front so it looks like just a butt joint.
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