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Michael Baker
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Scruffy the Clown
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Contact a cabinet maker or woodworker that can cut a through dovetail. That is the strongest and best joint for that thickness of wood.
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I use Baltic Birch plywood in a lot of projects, usually building exhibits and toys for children. It is the plywood with multiple layers: the 1/4 inch has about 5 layers instead of 3, and the 1/2 inch has 7 or 9 layers. I made a magic trunk that turns into a table, mostly from the 1/4 inch baltic birch, which takes a LOT of abuse, and it has lasted me for years.

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Michael Baker
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Baltic Birch is great to work with. Finnish Birch is even better (more layers), but considerably more expensive. I find it at Woodcraft stores, although it should be available elsewhere.
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They don't make wood like they used to.

If you're making a box to a specific size, don't be in a hurry to cut until you use a micrometer to check the thickness. It could make a difference... especially on something with a shell or a drawer box.

Planers and drum sanders are necessary these days. I use a 4' wide planer (it's actually does 50 inches but who's counting) , then turn the wood over, then around and over again one last time... If it really needs to be flat a CNC machine is the way to go.

If you need two good sides, with Plywood then 2 pieces are made to size and glued together so you have 2 good faces.

Incidentally, plastic is just as bad, You can measure a sheet of cast acrylic in 5 places and come up with 5 different thickness. that makes the process of manufacturing difficult because you can't usually sand plastic to size and refinish it without spending oodles of extra time.

Sometimes I wonder if it's just as fun making something for yourself when you can have a cabinet maker do it and you don't spend 30 hours... what is you time worth? On the other hand, it does give some pleasure to knock something out that you made yourself.
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