A Dozen Ways to Build a Box
Let function, economy and style guide your choice of joinery
Synopsis: Gary Rogowski admits that the first box he ever built he put together with enough nails to build a small house. Since then, he’s learned a few more ways of putting boxes together, from plain and simple to elaborate and complex – all without those nails. The more joinery options you’re familiar and comfortable with, the greater your furniture-making vocabulary and the greater the chances that you will consider your furniture projects successful. In this article, he explains how to make butt joints, rabbet joints, miter joints, solid-wood corners for sheet goods, mortise-and-tenon joints, and finger joints and dovetails.
The first box I ever built I put together with enough nails to build a small house. “Can’t be too strong,” was my motto. That toolbox is still together, too. But in building furniture for the last 20 years, I have learned a few more ways of putting boxes…