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I use boxes as an opportunity to experiment with various types of joinery. From an appearance perspective, my favorite joint is the miter. The overall construction of the box may be viewed as trivial. However, getting a near perfect 45 degree cut followed by a glue up that has all the corners at 90 degrees can be a challenge. It is good to experiment with relatively small boxes before tackling a significant piece of furniture with the same joinery. The boxes shown in the photo are the last four (out of probably ten over the last five years) Tissue Boxes that I have made for family and friends. The wood is cherry. The miters were cut using modifications of a jig by Steve Latta as described in Fine Woodworking #129, 1998. While the last four boxes do not have any reinforcement at the corners, Ihave used splines, both of rectangular and dovetail cross section. I think the splines are more ornamental as the un-reinforced miter joint is strong enough for their intended use. While I can cut "near" perfect 45's, I am still searching for the best way to get all four corners at 90 degrees. This last batch used miter folding and Titebond II.