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Box joints only for durability?


Just wondering: is the advantage of making a cab with box joints (as opposed to simple butt joints + screws + glue) really only for durability/structural integrity?

Does box jointing change tone at all? I can imagine it might since the pieces of wood are connected in a more intimate way... but then again, maybe not!


really the design, construction, size, rigidity, wood type have more to do with the tone, the box joints are very easy to make on a router table, or free hand with a template, so they are common in projects and they look very nicer than most other wood joints,


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Many that you see are actually dovetail joints, which is a box joint with a flair for more strangth. If you buy furniture, look for this joint on the drawers, much stronger than a butt joint with more glue coverage and a connection that might even hold without glue. Really overkill on a speaker cab since they generally have 6 sides.



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So you're saying that simple butt joints are actually sufficient for guitar cabs?
Tone-wise, absolutely. Strength-wise--probably, but it depends on how much abuse it's going to be expected to take, the wood involved, other design factors. IME, if you're using 5/8" or 3/4" ply and you really do a good job and don't plan on jumping on the thing, it'll almost certainly be fine.

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