I'm in desperate need of some help. I'm in the very beginning stages of building a dresser(a very simple mid-century modern style,) and my wife's decided she wants the top and sides to meet with a miter joint. Is this even possible? I just can't imagine how I'd be able to cut 23" miters with hand tools. Of course, the seam would need to be absolutely perfect -- I'd want no gaps whatsoever, and will not be able to rely on filler. Does anyone have any advice? All I can think of is to create a 45 degree jig for the fence of a rabbet plane(which I'll have to buy.) Is there a better method or tool for this job?
Also, what kind of strength would this joint possess? Wouldn't I have to augment it in some way? Would I use a block on the inside of the corner? Or dowels?
I can't believe I'm even considering this kind of joint, and am kind of freaking out. Any help would be much appreciated.