They want $700 USD for a small table saw here. Junk.Yap. Find your self a table saw. Something that you can get at lease 3/4 of dado blades on it. You will thank me.
No table just yet. Only recently purchased my air compressor and tools.
True. I wish I had one.A table saw will work much quicker, easier, and safer.
Spot on.Keep in mind that the OP is in Cambodia.
Most likely, sourcing an affordable tablesaw that can handle a 3/4" dado is not just a matter of looking on the local Craigslist.
And, Asia-Off-Grid may also imply that he may not have commercial AC available in the 110 volt 15-20 amp range, or 10 amps 230 volt equivalent available.
I guess I am just concerned about the weight of the hive bodies, causing me to want the best possible joints on the boxes.There's also nothing wrong with using butt or shoulder joints until you're able to add to your shop.
No worries. In the west, we tend to take a lot of things for granted - Amazon overnight delivery, quality tools to work with (my air operated brad and staple guns were like $15 US, each) and stable, reliable electricity. We don't realize certain conveniences may not be available everywhere.Sorry if we took you on a scenic tour down a dirt road.
I did. And, thank you for the information. First time I have seen corner splines, or jigs to make them. I watched a dozen or so videos on making them.I spent a little time in beautiful southeast Asia, it truly is an adjustment for the change in amenities the west takes for granted.
There is a strength difference but butt and shoulder joints work well. If you wanted an extra little warm fuzzy you can make a jig that allows you to cut a couple of corner splines on each corner. Basically route a slot across the corner and glue in a piece of wood. The pic is also using the technique for decorative purposes but it gives you the idea. Search the web for corner spline.
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