Questions tagged [joinery]

The process of joining two pieces (usually wood) together. Techniques, tools, hardware.

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Suggestion on deck frame joinery [closed]

I am planning to build a deck to my backyard, and I'm using a soft wood - I guess it's spruce not sure / not a very high quality wood. I am having hard time to decide on choosing the construction ...
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What's the manual alternative to 1" crown staples in cabinet joints?

My upcoming cabinet carcass calls for 1" crown staples to butt join 1/2" plywood pieces. It's a fast build for garage cabinets. What's a suitable alternative if I don't have a compressor/...
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Strengthened leg miter joint with spline [key]

I'm building a coffee table with legs that are sub-assembled with a miter joint. See photo. The plans call for a Domino or dowels in addition to a spline [edit: key, see link below] for added strength....
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Do modern glues make miter lock joints obsolete?

The idea of the miter lock was to be able to create long rectangular tubes of wood that would have strong, perfect joints. The challenge of using miter lock bits was significant though. Adjustment of ...
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Is gluing a long butt joint risky?

I want to attach two 5'6" red oak boards together as part of a table, both 3" x 0.75" at a 90 degree angle, like this: I was planning on gluing them and adding some pocket screws on ...
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Building a rectangular pyramid

I have made a set of Yahtzee™ dice from a 4x4 post. We have been using a bucket as the 'shaker cup'. I would like to construct a wooden 'cup'. My concept is two use two identical rectangular pyramids, ...
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Dissassembling drawbored mortise and tenon joints

In Chris Schwarz's blue workbench book, he mentions that unglued, drawbored pins can be drilled out of a mortise and tenon joint in case the piece (for example, a heavy bench) needs to be disassembled ...
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When to use dowel/barrel nuts + machine screw VS wood screw + hole?

I'm building a shelf. Not going into the details on that since my question is of general nature: When are barrel nuts + machine screw to prefer over wood screw + hole? And when are screw + hole better?...
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Advice on table joinery

I have some images of a dining table. The table has four legs at the corners. I like the joint of the leg to the table and would like some tips on how this can be done.
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What is the best joinery method for a cantilever leg support to secure a 2X10'' wood leg to a 3/4''18''X20'' wood flat base end

The cantilever support leg is 2 X 10'' fir/spruce attached to underside of coffee table on cleat mounting blocks. The lower part of the leg is to be flanged secured to the flat base at bottom on one ...
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How to I stop Ikea SÄLJAN ADILS desk from wobbling?

Hey I've built the ikea desk attached in the video. Basically it's SÄLJAN ADILS which is super affordable and it has 5 legs, 2 to the sides and 1 in the middle. I've made sure it's leveled to the ...
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Keep a rectangular frame from racking

I have a rectangular frame that I want to keep from flattening into a parallelogram. The frame is 8' x 4' and the members are 4 7/8" high by 2 5/8" thick. There isn't a particular load that ...
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How to join miter cuts for picture/sign frame? [duplicate]

I have some 1x2 project boards for making a frame. The frame will hold a painted sign on Masonite. I am uncertain the best method for joining the miter cuts and was hoping for suggestions. Wood glue ...
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Dovetails with undermount drawer slides

To practice my dovetails, I decided to make some drawers for my kitchen cabinets. I'm using Blum undermount slides, which requires the drawer to conform to specific specifications, as well as a few ...
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How to maintain a straight cutting angle with a tenon saw?

For my first real woodworking project I'm making a desk for my day work. I've roughly cut - with tenon saw and mitre box - the legs to more than the required length, as it's hard to store 4m lengths ...
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What is the name of this way of Joining?

I am working on a piece where it would be really interesting if I could regulate the distance between two pieces (in order to achieve a better securing of the piece). By scouring the internet I found ...
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How to cut a mid-surface bevel?

I sometimes need to make a mid-surface bevel in wood from 2' to 8' long as shown below and am wondering what recommendations there might be for good ways of doing it (without using a custom blade). ...
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What are the advantages of coping a joint vs. mitering?

I've generally mitered joints and very rarely coped them in trim or molding, and have been able to achieve an appearance I was satisfied with. But "traditionally," coped joints seem to have ...
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pocket hole joint Vs. cam lock joint - What's sturdier?

what is the strongest joint between using such fasteners https://www.core77.com/posts/27725/Death-to-Cam-Lock-Nuts-Flatpack-Hardware-That-Will-Hopefully-Become-Obsolete (ikea furniture ones), and the ...
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Joining 2x4 and 4x4

really sorry for a posting a noob question (I did try to specifically see if this was answered somewhere else and couldn't see it). Anyway, I'm doing a simple home DIY project to build a squat rack in ...
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Wood bench legs are uneven at Christmas but even at Thanksgiving

I measured every thing correctly. All the legs of the bench were the same at thanksgiving but now are half an inch different at Christmas dinner. Is there a way to stop wood from expanding and/or ...
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Building a home climbing wall - questions

I'm building a freestanding climbing wall and have a few questions. My design is two triangle frames built from 2x6 (green) with plywood panels (red) attached to the frame with 2x4 studs on the back (...
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What edge joining technique for a medium sized box?

I plan to build a medium sized box (~28"h x ~14"d x 10"w) to store our dog's food in the bag. I'm thinking of making 3/4" panels of walnut but haven't built a box of this size ...
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How to seal and treat wood when building a wooden kitchen sink?

I'm planning on building a kitchen countertop made out of joined wood, and I would like to build the sink out of the same type of configuration. So far, I have built the top (see picture below), and I ...
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Mitered Corner with Glue and Pins vs Butt Joint with Glue and Pocket Holes

Making a frame using 1"x4" wood. Exposed ends are not a concern. Which would be a stronger joint, a mitered corner with glue and 1" pins (2 from each side), or a butt joint with glue ...
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Repairing a half lap joint in table leg x-bracing

I want to repair the bottom cross bracing that runs between the legs of an oak table, pictured here. Some unknown number of years ago, the top piece sheared off at the half lap joint and pulled out ...
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How to Attach Sides to Rabbit Pen

I am making my daughter's rabbit her own "room". I bought some pressure treated plywood and made a 6' x 6' square and covered it with fake grass. Put a bunch of 2x4s under it, and put 12&...
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Make tongue and groove on table saw versus router [closed]

I have some finish carpenters joining hardwood panels together with tongue and groove joints. They have access to a basic cast iron router table, heavy duty Bosch router, and high-quality tongue and ...
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How to make a stronger butt joint where two panels meet

I'm designing a project where two hardwood 3/4" panels will be joined at a 90 degree angle and the aesthetics call for a butt joint, but I'm thinking that it would be better to strengthen it in ...
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Options for attaching bed legs at an angle

I'm trying to recreate this bed. Right now I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to attach the back leg which is at an angle. It needs to be disassemblable. The manufacturers assembly instructions ...
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How should I have avoided breakout/spelching here?

I'm building a simple stool to practice hand-tool woodworking. I'm roughly following the Paul Sellers and Rex Kreuger how-to videos here and here. I managed to cut the tenons pretty close to the stool,...
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Stability/joinery method for melamine

I'm building a book case out of melamine. The drawing below show the normal and exploded view. Dimensions are 110cm wide, 30cm deep, 126cm high (~43"x12"x50")". I'm worried about ...
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Is it okay to use pocket screws to join sides to front/back rather than the opposite?

I am looking to make a "side access" pull-out 'drawer' to replace very high cabinet shelves (two shelves so high they are currently nigh-unusable). It's full depth (22.5"), only 15"...
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Best method of joining these two pieces seamlessly?

I will be creating a floating side table for my wife and am wondering the best way to join two pieces of wood. They will be joined in an “L” shape with the back of the L hanging against the wall and ...
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Can I get away with glueing stained wood trim?

I'm working on a large box bench (80 inches long). Based on a family member's recommendation, I stained the wood first before planning to glue the wood trim on. Now that I found out that gluing ...
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How to decide what joints to use for a frame of a play wagon

I'm a complete newbie to woodworking. I do have a small Craftsman table saw, a miter saw, jig saw, circular saw, and various drills and a hand router. My nine-year-old daughter to build this wagon ...
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Replacing cutout in oriented-strand board (OSB)

I cut out a small 4" x 5" piece of oriented-strand board out of a wall. I saved this cut out piece so I can re-attach it. When I put the piece back in the hole I cut, what do I use to re-...
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Butt joints on both sides on the same piece of wood

While planning and designing a cabinet, I made a wrong assumption of making two butt joints J1 and J2 on the same side of a piece of wood. While doing the work, I realised J1 needs screws from bottom ...
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Is rebate/rabbet joint with glue only strong enough?

If I use a rebate to joint 2 boards together, is it mandatory to use screws/nails to support it or will the glue alone hold just fine? My main concern is the fact that (to my knowledge) end grain ...
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How to tell the correct fit on a mortise and tenon joint?

When making a mortise and tenon joint, it's important for maximum strength of the joint that the tenon fit inside the mortise properly: neither too tight nor too loose. If the tenon is too tight, ...
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How to fix this mortise and tenon joint

I am fixing a bench and came across the above mortise and tenon joint between the foot and the vertical support (2 actually, one on each support). Quite clearly, someone has messed with this joint in ...
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How to make a joint between two pieces of wood look good?

I’m building a counter top and I had to join two pieces of boards with some glue in between. The countertop looks pretty okay, but the joint is very obvious and when I clean it with a bit a water, it ...
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Glueing Together Thin Strips of Already Stained Wood

I have hundreds of 1/4" x 1/4" strips of wood. I would like to stain these a rainbow of different colors. Each strip would be stained a single solid color. Then glue the strips together. ...
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Joinery method for 3/4 Hardwood

I want to build a desk tabletop with the surface being maple, but 8/4 maple was quite expensive so I'm opting for half the thickness. However, this narrows down the options for joining the boards to ...
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Do I need to glue doweled joints in MDF?

I am making a cupboard unit using melamine faced MDF. The joints will be made using wood dowels. My question is do I use glue as well and if so which sort?
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Why offset biscuits

I was reading "Illustrated Cabinetmaking" and came across this: "Where a horizontal board tops an upright, the biscuits should be offset". It does not explain why. Does anyone ...
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Fixing cedar pocket hole failure

I built a cedar above ground planter last summer for my mother-in-law, and one of the sides didn’t hold well. I used pocket screws to secure the sides to the posts - but one broke out (pic below)... ...
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Framing/edging a chessboard

Had an order come in for an oversized chessboard - each square is about 3 inches. So it's big. The person wanted a maple frame around it, which at first I thought "OK, no big deal", but then I ...
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Using a jigsaw for joinery

I was wondering about the feasibility of using a jigsaw to cut half lap joints. Is it even possible? How would one go about it? I thought that maybe one could set up a small jig to elevate the jigsaw ...
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How can I replicate this joint?

The picture looks like simple miter but how can I make this a strong miter myself?

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