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I'm not experienced enough at woodworking to know for sure which joint would be best for the construction of a cedar chest. I am referring to the corners of course. These corners, no matter which joint I use, will be covered with vertical strips of cedar that will be about 2.5" wide, these stripes will be mitered at the corners where they come together, I am referring to the front strips and the side strips of the front two corners. So far I am considering mitering the corners and using biscuits. Suggestion will be appreciated.

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Jerry,

I'm a little confused... Are you asking for what joint to make the corners of the box that will be hidden, or for the corners of the strips that will overlay them?

If you're asking about the box itself, and the corners will be hidden, then a butt joint with biscuits would work fine and make the construction of the box easy.

If you're talking about the corners that are the overlay, then a miter with biscuits or splines would be solid, or you could just glue them together. The spline or biscuits might help keep everything lined up nice during the glue up.

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Yes, I am referring to the main corners where you suggest the butt joint.. The strips that overlay and hide the joint are more for appearance that they are for structional strength and they will be mitered, biscuits probably would help in the alignment.

Thank you for your response to my question.

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If you have a pocket hole jig it would make it quick and strong. The downside is that you see the holes inside but they are easily filled with plugs.
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I'm not experienced enough at woodworking to know for sure which joint would be best for the construction of a cedar chest. I am referring to the corners of course. These corners, no matter which joint I use, will be covered with vertical strips of cedar that will be about 2.5" wide, these stripes will be mitered at the corners where they come together, I am referring to the front strips and the side strips of the front two corners. So far I am considering mitering the corners and using biscuits. Suggestion will be appreciated.

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I'm not at all sure why you would want to cover the corner joints, if you are considering mitring the added strips, why not simply mitre the corners of the chest and add a few splines for strength and decoration. Similar to this small box but on a much bigger scale of course.
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How about box joints? They look good by themselves, IMHO.

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They're quite basic, but I'm a big fan of doweled joints for boxes. This is a sushi press I made like that. It's cheap and relatively quick.


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Covered or not biscuts seem to have worked best for most applications. If covered, simple glue and screws would do well. If uncovered then do use biscuts.
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