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  1. #1
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    Default Need opinions on handles

    Im ganna sell cabnet joint hives this spring and i take a 3 inch piece of white pine and cut 30 degree angle on it and staple and glue them u get alot better hand on them and if u got just 2 handles migatory top beeks cant conplain because the tops are the same with so no space loss.honest opions please

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Need opions on handles

    Can you post some photos?

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Need opions on handles

    There are folks that use cleats as handles and like them.

    They do add 3/4" width to each side, so folks who stack them on pallets might not care for them.

    What is a cabnet joint hive?
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  4. #4
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    Default Re: Need opions on handles

    I attach handles like you are talking about on my hive bodies. I use a 15 degree slope on top to shed water. This year, I'm also putting that 15 degree slope on the bottom of the handle as a drip edge to shed water away from the hive body.

    My hive body corners are rabbit joints glued with Liquid Nails Heavy Duty exterior grade subfloor adhesive.

  5. #5
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    Raymond, Mississippi, USA
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    Default Re: Need opions on handles

    Do you use staples or nails/ screws to hold the rabbit joint solid? Or do you just use the adhesive ONLY? curious.... I built all my boxes with rabbit joints.... was thinking to change over to finger joints as my boxes get flimsy quickly.. Thanks

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Need opions on handles

    I use 1 1/2" galvanized narrow crown staples. Just a hunch, but my guess is that your joints loosen because the glue factor. Use an exterior grade subfloor adhesive. I buy it in the big tubes to save money. Warm it up prior to use. It is not pretty glue, doesn't wipe off clean like wood glue does, is thick , gooey, and messy to work with. Remember we're not building finish cabinetry here.
    Being a natural born klutz, my boxes can and have taken a lot of abuse but are as strong as ever.

    Update: My Lowes quit carrying 1 1/2" galvanized staples but still do carry 1 3/8". I see no difference in the outcome.
    I use tightbond 2 for gluing frames.
    Last edited by DonShackelford; 01-27-2013 at 10:12 AM. Reason: 1 3/8 works too

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