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How to join a bookended board

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I'm new here and relatively new to woodworking, but I'm trying to challenge myself with my next project. I'm working with tiger maple, and I want to bookend the top piece for a box I'm making to get that classic tiger stripe look. The problem is I don't know what joint to use on the two pieces once they're cut. To make matters worse, the board is only 1-1/8" thick and I don't have a large bandsaw so I'm going to resaw it by hand. I've done this before and am cautiously confident in my ability to cut it evenly. But there won't be much more than 1/2" of thickness remaining. There won't be any weight on this piece, but I still want to ensure that the joint will hold up over time.

The best I could think of is a shiplap joint running along the full length of the board. Is this my best option?

Thanks for your help!
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You dont really need any sort of fancy joint for a long grain joint, which i assume is what your going for. Make sure the edges youre joining are straight, then glue and clamp. The resulting joint will be plenty strong.

Shiplap joints are usually done in wide panels to deal with the effects of wood movement, they let adjoining boards in something like a cabinet back to expand and contract by sliding across each other instead of pushing against each other. Not really a joint, per say, as shiplapped boards arent usually connected to each other, and wont help to much in your situation if i understand it properly

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Great! I wasn't sure if that would be strong enough but I guess yellow glue is stronger than the wood itself, right? Thanks for the help!
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Great! I wasn't sure if that would be strong enough but I guess yellow glue is stronger than the wood itself, right? Thanks for the help!
Yes, as long as the joint is well fitted any carpenters glue will join the wood stronger than the wood itself.
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