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Contrasting Wood Joints for Custom Boxes

Handcrafted by Dan & Deb McBride
Incorporating contrasting woods in a custom wood box adds a 3 dimensional look and feel as well as adding a decorative touch to an otherwise ordinary box. This is especially noticeable in the corner joints for dovetail joints, finger joints and spline-miter joints, as shown below. Walnut with Maple was a favorite among our clients. Trim around the base, wooden feet and contrasting wood for the box lid offered great options for adding a contrasting wood effect.
Contrasting Woods
Corner Joint Styles ~ by
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Box Joints: Information about Basic Box Joints

Data compliments of Dan & Deb McBride ~
butt jointThe butt joint is the simplest and least expensive of all joints. It is considered a rather weak joint, however, they can be strengthen using TiteBond® II Glue and perhaps brads. Corner blocks can be added for some projects. A slide-lid box works well with this joint style for function and fitting.
miter jointMade by mitering each corner at a 45° angle. It hides the end grain and provides a larger gluing area and can be held together with nails or screws. We recommend this joint for boxes made out of woodgrain veneer. Corners can be strengthened by adding corner splines. Plywood edges can be covered with edge banding.
The rabbet-butt joint is stronger and more rigid than a butt joint, and is one of our most requested corner styles for crafters who plan to paint the outside of their boxes.

Some of the end grain will show which can add a decorative touch. This joint is not recommended for woodgrain veneers.
finger jointThe finger joint is a strong, interlocking corner joint that adds a decorative touch to our custom boxes. For boxes 5" or less in height, we recommend this joint. It is a little more difficult to make, so we use our Woodrat joinery machine.
dovetail jointHere is a strong joint that adds a decorative touch to a custom box. These are little more labor intensive. We use our Leigh Dovetail Jig, for beautiful joints everytime. These joints have very good mechanical strength held together with water-resistant glue.

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