Power-tool Joinery: The Case for Case Miters

These joints look great. Cutting and clamping them is the real trick.
By Bill Hylton
Pages: 38-40

From the February 2004 issue #139
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What joint would you use at the corners of a case? If appearance is a consideration – when is it not? – you definitely don’t want an ugly joint like a rabbet. No matter how thin, that strip of exposed end grain – the butt of the board – is unattractive.

From the standpoint of what looks best, the miter joint should be atop your list. The only surfaces visible are the attractive ones: the faces and the edges. If you are making a small chest and you have a wide, long board with killer figure, you can wrap that figure around the corners without interruption.

From the February 2004 issue #139
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