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post #1 of 2 Old 08-31-2017, 09:46 AM Thread Starter
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joining "pirate chest" with overlapping joints

I am creating a box that is supposed look a bit like a pirate chest. I am building it in layers using 1 1/2 in pieces of wood with the corners of each layer overlapping the previous layer. (e.g. the bottom lay the front and back boards are the entire width of the box and the on the next layer up the end of the side boards are visible from the front and so on. My dilemma now is how to join everything together. I could use a cleat in on the inside of each corner and screw the outside boards to the cleat but this seemed like a lot of unnecessary screws. My other thought was to use a long drill bit and drill straight down from the top of each corner and drive a wood dowel from top to bottom. The bottom of the box is held in place by rabbit cut into the bottom layer of boards which should also keep the box square. I would also glue each layer together for additional strength. When looking for instructions online on how to make a joint of this type, I couldn't find anything which makes me wonder if there is some reason this joint won't work. Thanks.
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post #2 of 2 Old 08-31-2017, 11:58 AM
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your joints are essentially butt joints. however you are building a box with finger or box joints one layer at a time. that will be quite the assembly - I think I would build up a few layers at a time, or, use white glue for slower set time. I think you would be fine to shoot a finish nail in each corner to hold until the glue sets.

thickness consistency will be important.
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