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that's exactly what I had in mind

The front edge, inside the box would/could have a mitered strip applied...... " The miter would appear on the front edge, not on the side. The side would have an exposed thin edge".........
Mitered edge banding on the inside:


It was either try to describe it, make a rough sketch or make a mockup in the shop. I went with a verbal description because I couldn't find an exact image of what I had in mind. This comes close, but the rabbet needs to be deeper so the exposed edge is thinner...
 

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If we're going to help a beginner, I think it's necessary to tell him everything.
Whether he wants it exactly like the picture or not, he needs to know how precise it has to fit to work with no hardware.
This means techniques for gluing it up so it comes out square, etc.
If i were going to try this I'd build the outside all at once for continuity/wood match where it buts when closed.
Then score and saw it in half.
Then I have an exact measurement for the inner drawer, etc.
If we haven't intimidated the original poster yet, he needs to send a picture of how the base is built!
 

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It was either try to describe it, make a rough sketch or make a mockup in the shop. I went with a verbal description because I couldn't find an exact image of what I had in mind. This comes close, but the rabbet need to be deeper so the exposed edge is thinner...
You couldn't find the image that I drew, as it is not a common procedure. It's a custom one that I've used many times especially with plywood cabinetry. I've shown this on prior occasions, to share one of the tricks of the trade.






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If you want a true mitered joint, reinforcing the joint with biscuits or a spline is recommended. Look up "biscuit machine" for more info.
 

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where's my table saw?
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no skills, no tools..yet

Hello, I'm planning to start building a table for my department and I realized I know nothing about joining wood. So, I looked for a design I would like to copy and when I took a closer look to the joints I noticed I don't have a clue about how to do that. basically it's about joining 2 long pieces of wood cut in 45º all the way long. I attached a terrible picture of the table joints (I did not find a good one) so you can see what I'm taking about.

how to do that? does it have a particular name??

thanks a lot!

Frank
thanks everyone for you replies!! Your suggestions have been very useful for me. About the table, it was made by a local wood workshop (I live in Chile) and it has a very interesting design (although it will not be easy to make). I'll upload a picture of the table. About the department, I was talking about my flat (sorry if i was not clear with that, sorry for my english), and I have a room where I can put the tools. About the equipment... I don't have much really, I'm planning to buy a table saw and a few more things. Working on this table is just an excuse to start working wood.

thank you all! and I'm really opened hear some advise from you before I start with this!

Frank

I think a precision long edge miter/bevel is beyond the capability of this wanna be woodworker. If he can get it made a a local woodshop then the splined miter is a possibility. As of now he doesn't even have a table saw, much less the extension and side support table to create that joint. :no:


That's why I suggested rabbets or butt joints. If edge banding is used it can "appear" to be mitered even if the joint itself is a lap, rabbet or butt. :smile:
Like this:



And this:


A reply would be helpful at this point......
 

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If edge banding is used it can "appear" to be mitered even if the joint itself is a lap, rabbet or butt. :smile:
Maybe you could explain how a 90 degree long joint can be a "lap joint". You haven't addressed that yet. Maybe I'm missing something. I brought this up in post #20.






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we have a different interpretaion...symantics

The edge of the rabbet laps over the other piece. It is NOT a parallel half lap used to join to similar thicknesses of material. If I have used the term incorrectly, please forgive me cabinetman.... :notworthy:

When 2 pieces are joined at 90 degrees using a rabbet there is a "lap" in my opinion...... maybe also a "lapse"..... I donno? :blink:
 

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I'm new to wood working as well, I am just going to say before ya go diving into a table like that your gonna need practice, so build a few picture frames or something small like that to get ya used to your equipment and cutting miters joints. it may seem simple enough, buy a table and set it up and rip of a nice joint...but it takes some practice and patients. as stated above your gonna need a biscuit or some thing simler to add strength to your joints. start off using some scrap wood or pine, before diving into a nice piece of walnut,oak, etc. as for your original quiestion, those are just a miter joint joining the corners. with humidity and temp changes I would go with a aluminum drawer slide. good luck. dt
 
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