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Wife purchased a 4ft sheet of 3/4 inch ply for the box I'm making, so I cut 2 lengths by 6 inch wide boards 2 days ago & today cut the miters at 15 inches & stood the boards up on my bench to test fit & show my wife how it looks. It's a little too tall at 6 inches was the response,but I expected that.So tomorrow I'll trim each board to 5 inches & show her again & it should be about right.This 15 inch square box is for storing our family photos & I want to make it as nice as possible for her. If it doesn't turn out like we want it to I can then use it to store tools,bits & so on. I'd been saving a a nice piece of Tas. Oak for ages especially for this photo box but turns out it was too short,but I can always buy some more Tassie Oak to make up the extra needed. Should have a pic or two in a day or two. James.jj7777460:)
 

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Sorry about the picture's attitude,I corrected it but it always comes back sideways...
I cut the miters on my new Makita ms & it is just great.What a terrific machine.I'm also making a strap clamp for the glue up so I'll post a photo of that too ,hopefully the right way up. James.
 

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Sorry about the picture's attitude,I corrected it but it always comes back sideways...
I cut the miters on my new Makita ms & it is just great.What a terrific machine.I'm also making a strap clamp for the glue up so I'll post a photo of that too ,hopefully the right way up. James.
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You might want to strengthen those mitered corners with some splines. A couple of ways to do it, and here are pictures that are self explanatory. And the jig to cut them for your box is ultra simple to make. Note how simple the table saw setup is. You can cut splines on your router table as well. Splines add great strength to any box, and if you use a contrasting wood, they can be decorative. I use them all the time in picture frames. You can even make them with a dovetail bit for a strong, but simple dovetail look. Cool, huh?

I make them often enough so I made the fancy jig you see in the middle picture. Very adjustable, a tall divider so I can clamp frame pieces to it, and kind of overkill. A wood strip underneath slides in the miter slot. I use a fine Japanese pull saw to cut off any excess, then sand perfectly smooth. My jig has the blue T track for positioning the spline and blade. The blade always comes through the same slot. If you use the table saw method, you just need to set the blade to an exact 45 degrees to cut both the mitered corners, then to cut the slot for the spline. You do need to make certain the workpiece is exactly 90 to the blade. But cutting with a 45 degree bit is just as good.

A full kerf blade is exactly 1/8th inch wide, so that will also be the thickness of your spline. Glue is so strong the wood will break before the glue fails. Stick turned me on to splines many years ago, so much easier than other methods.
 

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Thanks for the information re splines Tom,so happens I have a piece of T Track that is perfect for the jig you recommended. I realize the box is ultra simple to make but I have to keep to making small projects,'that's just the way it is'.(good song)

Thanks to Stick for setting the pics the right way up.Having Contributors such as DesertRatTom & Stick is two of the reasons this is such a wonderful Forum.
Much obliged, James jj777746
 

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James - do you have a plan to finish the inside of the box ?
for family photos, I would do tons of research to choose the
correct product for the interior that will not harm the photos.
even bare wood could still have remnants of the processing
chemicals such as adhesives, acids, formaldehyde, etc.

John

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James - do you have a plan to finish the inside of the box ?
for family photos, I would do tons of research to choose the
correct product for the interior that will not harm the photos.
even bare wood could still have remnants of the processing
chemicals such as adhesives, acids, formaldehyde, etc.

John

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tannin isn't so good for them either...
 
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Another simple, safe way to cut slots for splines.
 

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I'd consider laying in a layer of felt inside to avoid wood contact with the pictures. Glue around the edges. Finish first as you planned, but leave a small unfinished strip around the edges, then add the felt. Use tape to mask the glue area. Pictures are also subject to abrasion. Use undyed felt.
 

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Thank for the advise y'all.I had contemplated using felt to line the inside,but don't know anything about it,so thanks for the information.I have done splines previously on my old tablesaw but none of those ever turned out well so I'll do the next lot on my new Kreg router table. I intend to use an Australian hardwood to edgeband this project so some keep-it-super-simple advise such as tongue & groove method etc,would be most welcome.Thanks again, James.
 
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