Never give Wood a chance to mess with ya
Since I’m new to this, I’ve got a question that someone older than I (58) might have the answer to.
I was playing around with some 3/4″ plywood to make a drawer for my bench/cabinet and came up with a strange corner joint that got me to wondering about its strength, durability, and ease of fabrication. It was fairly easy to make but not so easy to get right. Please see the text example below.
_______ inside of drawer
| | | Side of Drawer
_________________ Face or back
| Front and rear pieces
On small pieces of plywood, it can all be done with a table saw dado set to 1/4″
When I do it right (I do occationally do it right), the joint is so square and so tight that it appears all the glue is pushed out and I can’t make it un-square (fudged to 88-degrees for a wider front than rear). That was many years ago and it was plywood.
I remembered how tight and square the joint was and have a project in mind. But, the joint will be 4′ wide; too wide to hold the wood on edge. Now, I want to do it right all the time because this time I will be using solid pieces of 3/4″ teak. The wood is hard and expensive. I am considering using a router table and 1/4″ straight bit so that I can take a little off each pass, maybe 6 to 8 passes. Like everyone else out there, each time I make a cut I offer the wood a chance to dispute my best effort to make a good square cut. I would prefer that it cooperates. Is there any suggestion, besides sacrificing and praying to the wood gods, that would help? Blades and bits are sharp and square and the table surfaces have been waxed slick.