Questions tagged [joinery]

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

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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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Brackets instead of pocket holes

I'm building a farm=style dining room table with thick legs. Dimensions are - 7 ft L x 38.5 in W x 31 in T, with tabletop being 1 inch. I don't know how to do pocket holes, can I use brackets ...
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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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Joiner materials for larger than standard routing

The standard 5/32" biscuits seems a bit thin for a strong joint for thicker boards. A Feastool seems like the perfect tool, however it is a high price point for my volume. I have a 1/4" slot cutter ...
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What is a Duplex and Max #6 Biscuit?

What is a Duplex and Max #6 Biscuit? A Porter-Cable joiner info indicates "seven-position rotating depth stop works for standard #0, #10, #20 as well as Simplex, Duplex, and Max (#6) joinery". It ...
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Is Hide Glue suitable for gluing together Wooden Picture Frames?

I would like to Glue together the Mitred ends of some Beechwood, using Hide Glue. My concerns are ... Is Hide Glue strong enough? Does Hide Glue last? Therefore, is there any known instances ...
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How can I join 45 degree mitered boards as legs for a coffee table?

I'm looking to duplicate this look for a wooden coffee table: https://www.scandesign.com/products/porto-coffee-table Any ideas on how I could replicate those coffee table legs other than mortise and ...
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Reinforcing endgrain to long grain joint in thin stock, without visible splines?

I'll be building a small box soon, and one of the things I'll be drawing inspiration from is this photo I found online: I like the leg design of this box a lot, but it occurs to me that this is ...
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What is the best way to cut a through slot in a board?

I want to cut some slots in a 1/2 board that I want to be very clean and square, so I would rather not use a chisel or anything like that. Here is an illustration: What's the best way to go about ...
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How can I secure a depth stop on a mitre saw

I have a Metabo double tilt sliding mitre saw with a depth stop. I've been using the depth stop on the saw and a hand chisel to create lap joints. Although this has not been very successful as the ...
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Joining MDF - Pocket holes vs dowels

I will be making my first cabinet out of MDF, taking inspiration from a product I have seen, also made out of MDF. It won't be anything fancy, as you can see from the simple diagram of the join below....
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Perpendicular Hanging Bracket?

I'm building a saddlebag type of kayak rack on my dock walkway where the load-bearing cross beam travels under the walkway (vs on top as saddlebag implies). The walkway stringers are comprised of two ...
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Is a single dowel strong enough to resist sheer forces on a bed frame?

I am building a new bed for the missus for Christmas. She liked this bed from ikea: The problem is where the headboard connects to the legs. The legs/headboard piece are both 1.5 inches in diameter. ...
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What is the correct term for a tool which makes the slightly tapered male part on a stool or table leg?

I rough cut a lot of cedar and elm, and I have decided probably the first thing I can do to make furniture (for now) is to make benches. I looked up a "doweling jig" but that's not what I'm referring ...
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How to cut a variable length wood from 1 piece?

I am aiming to cut a single piece of timber into 2, such that I can dynamically change the length by joining the pieces with screws. This would allow me to use a shorter piece of wood, rather than ...
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Pocket Hole Butt Joint

I'm building a cart to hold my 60 lbs mitre saw. I'm using 3/4" Sande plywood. I plan on building the box using glued, pocket hole butt joints illustrated below. Keep in mind that I do plan on adding ...
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Turned-leg bench: splayed or straight?

I want to build a bench with legs that go through the top that is similar to this: I have two main questions. I am thinking of doing the legs straight up and down for a more minimal, easier ...
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What strong options are there to join these pieces?

I'm planning to build this table base which consists of 4 legs, 2 leg-to-stretcher pieces, and 1 main stretcher. The leg and leg-to-stretcher shapes will be cut on the bandsaw, and will support a ...

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