Let me first start by saying that I am by best accounts a novice woodworker who has decided to take my ability to do DIY projects around the house (molding, thresholds, etc) to the "next" level. I have decided that I want to try to build the Miter Saw Stand featured in Popular Woodworking for my Dewault 703. Here is the link to the plans:
In that plan the carcass is assembled by butting the end of a board into a rabbit and held with glue and screws. Seems simple enough. However, I just finished reading an article about locking Miter Joints in the February issue of Popular Woodworking and now I'm leaning towards using that method to assemble the cabinet carcass (top, bottom, sides and back). With that in mind I have a few questions.
1. Is there a strength difference between the two types of joint? And if so which is the stronger joint? It would seem to me that the miter joint would be stronger than the butt end joint.
2. If it is feasible to substitute the Miter joint - is it possible to miter the back in the same manner? In other words creating a "square" cabinet seems simple enough but what about attaching the back using the same method. Is this possible? If so is their any special considerations when routing the panels at the intersection of the "corners" of the carcass where, say, a top meets a side and the back? If that description makes any sense at all.
3. If all is well with this method - is it possible to run that type of bit effectively in a PC690 using the PC router stand and still get good results? Or does a bit like that need a heftier router?
Thanks for any input and answers.