Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Nailing the Strengthening Pieces

The box is wanted to pack some books which Mr Green has been getting bound for a friend in the country.  It need not be planed either inside or out, as the nicely-sawn wood is quite smooth enough for a packing box. It is to be eighteen and a half inches long, fourteen wide, and six deep, all inside measures; and it is always better to make a box for such a purpose a little too large than a little too small. Half-inch deal will be quite strong enough, if we put two strengthening pieces across the top and bottom.

-- The Joiner and Cabinetmaker, 1839

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