Tools and Materials Required:
Six pieces of wood cut to the exterior dimensions of your cube
Scrap M.D.F. cut the length of your rip fence
Blue painters tape
Step 1: Setting Up the Fence
Place one of your pieces of wood against the M.D.F. and draw a line at the top of your material.
Step 2: Setting Up the Saw
Turn the saw on, and push the fence into the blade until the top tooth is fully inside the sacrificial fence. Adjustment may be required, so feel free to turn the saw off and check for proper alignment.
Setting the saw in this position will allow you to remove the perfect amount of material from your wood to produce a miter cut. It will also greatly reduce any tear out on plywood or other veneered lumber.
Step 3: Making the Cuts
Important Note: Do not stand directly behind the blade when cutting miters in this fashion. The cut off pieces of material will not be pushed fully past the blade, but instead will eject back toward the operator. Occasionally this can happen at a high velocity, so make sure that you stand off to the side, and that any bystanders are clear of the area around you.
Step 4: Quick Assembly
First, take the piece that will be used as the bottom, and attach strips of blue painters tape to the face. I prefer the painters tape as it doesn't leave adhesive residues that will need to be removed for finishing. Once the strips are on, flip the piece over.
Take a side piece, and butt it against one of the edges, making sure that they are aligned properly. Press the side piece downward, so that the tape adheres to it as well. Spread glue in an even layer along one of the edges. Note: putting glue on both edges can cause the joints to slip, meaning that the edges will not stay aligned.
Once the glue is applied, simply fold the side piece up, and fire a few brads into the joint to hold it in place. Repeat this process until all the sides are attached. Then just lay the top in place, and finish the cube with some more brads.