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    Talking Box Top Question

    I've been thinking a lot about boxes lately for no particular reason, and I have a question about the tops.

    Other than rabbeting the edges of the box top and the place it meets on the box so they fit tightly, what other ways are there to make a top fit snugly on the box? I'm sure there are some--I'm just not familiar with them....
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    Probably a dozen ways Cynthia.
    Why not buy a book on box making and find a method that would be comfortable for you to try.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gibson View Post
    Probably a dozen ways Cynthia.
    Why not buy a book on box making and find a method that would be comfortable for you to try.
    Okay, I will, but couldn't you describe even one?
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    A solid top with a rabbet around the underside so that the top fits the box like a (square) cork. A flush meeting with hinges for alignment, etc., a complete overlap like the top to a (now old fashioned) shoe box, a slider in a groove . . . how'm I doin'?
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    you could make a sliding top like a candle box.

    The easiest way I think is to build the box then cut the top off.
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    Cynthia, Have you thought of making half lap joints between the upper and lower. It would work if you made a finger jointed corner and half lapped each opposing edge before putting the corners together. Normally you would assemble the box and then cut the top free of the bottom and get rid of an entire finger joint to give you and almost invisible joint. With careful set up, you could achieve the same thing. I think.

    I have not tried it, but I have seen boxes made with the half lap joint at the meeting point of top and bottom.

    Just a thought.

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    Thanks guys, those are lots of good ideas.
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    or yu can screw them on and just give the recipient a screw driver for opening it.. use velcrow..and also a string works to keep them closed as well
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    or yu can screw them on and just give the recipient a screw driver for opening it.. use velcrow..and also a string works to keep them closed as well
    You're always full of great ideas Larry. I hope I draw your name....
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    Who says a box even needs to open? Glue the lid on tight!

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