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Beeboy01:
The title says it all, my neighbor just gave me about 30 1x4 #2 pine boards around 34 inches long and says he has a steady supply coming in from his job. It couldn't of happened at a better time since most of my deeps are starting to show their age. From some quick measurements I will be able to get the width needed for a deep by edge gluing two 3 1/2 inch pieces and add a third ripped down 2 5/8 inch piece for the total width needed. I'll probably add some vertical scabs for extra strength but considering the cost of boxes these days making my own from free lumber is a no brainer.  Can't think of any downside of using 1x4's for deeps as long as the glue joints are tight. Can't cut box joints for the corners but using long, short, long boards for the sides and short, long, short boards for the ends will help a bit for strength.

Ben Framed:

--- Quote from: Beeboy01 on April 06, 2021, 11:06:33 am ---The title says it all, my neighbor just gave me about 30 1x4 #2 pine boards around 34 inches long and says he has a steady supply coming in from his job. It couldn't of happened at a better time since most of my deeps are starting to show their age. From some quick measurements I will be able to get the width needed for a deep by edge gluing two 3 1/2 inch pieces and add a third ripped down 2 5/8 inch piece for the total width needed. I'll probably add some vertical scabs for extra strength but considering the cost of boxes these days making my own from free lumber is a no brainer.  Can't think of any downside of using 1x4's for deeps as long as the glue joints are tight. Can't cut box joints for the corners but using long, short, long boards for the sides and short, long, short boards for the ends will help a bit for strength.

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If you have a router table you can tongue and groove these.  By adding a generous amount of Tight bond III for a true weather seal at each of these joints.  Congratulations!

Ben Framed:
It will be a little trouble but you can clamp these together for that perfect tight seal that should last.

Ben Framed:
Just last week I bought boards for new deeps which were $12 something for the last 14 foot ones I bought last fall, which were $17 something last week. The very concerned lumber man told me we haven't seen anything yet.

CoolBees:
Beeboy - there's nothing wrong with free lumber.  :grin:

I just bought some un-assembled boxes, and frame. The price is up 25% from early last year. That's quite a jump.

I like your idea of alternating long and short boards. I don't see why that wouldn't work just fine. In any case, congrats & "go get 'em".

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