Bump Box Boogie
Here's some further progress on the box:
I'm using box joints at the corners for strength because I'm guessing that this thing will be kind of heavy. Using a 1/4" dado blade, this fixture lets me adjust the width of the pins so that the joints slide together easily. After the front and back pieces are cut, I turn one of them around and use it as a spacer to cut the slots in the sides
This is how they fit. I trim off the extra length after the glue sets up.
Now I cut a groove to hold the bottom
Sand to the finished shape
Wipe on a quick coat of sealer so any excess glue won't soak in
And glue the whole thing together. Ordinarily I use yellow wood glue but in this heat it sets up like contact cement, so I'm using urethane glue to give me lots of time to snug things up. The stuff is so messy that I use masking tape on the inside of the corners so I don't have to try to scrape them clean later.