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    Need your help with a box

    Need your help with a box. I am making a mitered box with a floating panel in the middle. The panel is 6X12. The dado is 1/4” So, if I am cutting the box using miter cuts which will surround my panel, how do I figure that out? Using 3/4” thickness wood.

    What will be the cut lengths?
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    Sorry- clueless as to what you are asking???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Sadaj View Post
    Need your help with a box. I am making a mitered box with a floating panel in the middle. The panel is 6X12. The dado is 1/4” So, if I am cutting the box using miter cuts which will surround my panel, how do I figure that out? Using 3/4” thickness wood.

    What will be the cut lengths?
    When I do something like you describe, or even with a picture frame, I run the dado along my stock before cutting miters. My first cut is a miter on the end of a board. Then, I hold that against the panel, lining up the dado with the corner of the panel, and mark the location for the miter on the other end. Continue for the other pieces of the frame or box sides.
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    Or, you could draw it up in SketchUp and measure from there. But Bill's way is more accurate.
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    Thank you for your replies! I think what is going to happen is I subtract a 1/2" from each measurement. 1/4" dado X 2 = 1/2" So if the floating panel is 6X12, my inside measurement is going to be 5 1/2" X 11 1/2"

    I will let you know how that goes.
    Last edited by Kevin Sadaj; 10-14-2014 at 05:01 PM.
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    If the floating panel is really going to float, the inside measurement needs to be slightly larger than 5 1/2 by 11 1/2. If you use space balls to keep the floating panel from rattling, the ideal compression on a 1/4 inch space ball (which is actually 0.26 inches in diameter so it doesn't fall out of the slot) is just under 50% - or assume that the compressed ball is about .15 inches.

    Most floating panel grooves are 3/8 to 1/2 inch deep, and 1/4 inch wide.
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    I'm not sure I've got what your after but, is it something like this?

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    That's it, Glenn! Thank you all for helping out. I'll post pics. Taking this slow since I've got 7 boxes to do. I'm having fun with it ... It is a hobby after all. With the way things have been going, it is real therapy, thank God.

    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    I'm not sure I've got what your after but, is it something like this?

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    Kevin

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