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  1. #1
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    May 2012
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    Sarnia, Ontario, CA
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    Default Anyone use a Box Miter Joint for building supers...

    I'm just getting started in bee keeping and was about to start building supers. I have a shop and was looking to use a box miter joint which would limit or eliminate the amount of end grain exposed to the weather. I figure if I use a good clue and minimum number of staples, I should have a box that would easily last 10+ years..

    Would like to hear from anyone who's used this corner joint in the past and what success you have had.

    Denis Allan

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    Laramie, Wyoming
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    Default Re: Anyone use a Box Miter Joint for building supers...

    I use box joints all the time. There is a plan for making one on this website. I actually have one made for both 3/4 and 7/8 joints. Use a good stack dado set for the cuts. It is important that the cuts be flat. For that reason a wobble cut won't work.

    Bruce

  3. #3
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    Union County, Ky, USA
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    Default Re: Anyone use a Box Miter Joint for building supers...

    I built one of those box joint sleds for my table saw. It works great. I have an old table saw that I just leave setup for cutting the box joints. The sled isnt that complicated to build, but it is well worth the time. I think the box joint is the superior joint for the beehives. If you have a jig setup to make them, they go real quick. You wont be sorry you took the time to build it. If i could figure out how to upload images, I would post a few pics....

    Rob

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Anyone use a Box Miter Joint for building supers...

    I may have figured it out....

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    sled.jpg
    joints.jpg

  5. #5
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    Midland, MI
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    Default Re: Anyone use a Box Miter Joint for building supers...

    box joint is best. no doubt about it, but it required the use of a stack of dado blades, and a little bit of set-up time. Totally worth doing if you have the gear to do it. many table saws have short arbors that will not accomodate a stack of dados.

    I have made some with rabbet joints and i like them well enough. Quick to make and pretty solid when glued and nailed/stapled. It's no box joint, but it seems to be plenty for a hive body

    I think with the miter joint, you have significantly less wood between the brad/staple and the very edge of the joint. this could result in the hardware tearing out if you appied a "squishing force" diagonally on the box. If you were careful though, this force isn't something the hive body would see in use, so probably NBD. Then again, you only have to drop it once for there to be a problem.

    Since it only takes seconds longer to make the rabbet versus the miter joint, i'd go with the rabbet.

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Anyone use a Box Miter Joint for building supers...

    Have any of you used a lock miter joint.. I was just checking my router box and found the bit I was looking for.. has a 45 degree angle with a protruding finger and rabbit all in the same side..

    Denis Allan

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