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

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Difference between basic arrangement and methods of dimensional lumber frames

When I'm arranging dimensional lumber in a frame there are three basic arrangements I can make. Is there a standard for using these arrangements? Below is an image of a CAD design of 2x4 dimensional ...
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Leg placement on L-Shaped Desk

I am building an L shaped office desk from white oak or hickory boards joined together. The top will be assembled from joining multiple boards together with adhesive and sanding them down to make 2 ...
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Are these bed rail fasteners enough to hold this bed together?

This is a for queen size mattress. I have a shelf system in the head end of the bed. All fasteners are the same and offset vertically so as to avoid screw collision. Top rail pieces are 1x8, bottom ...
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What is the purpose of the chamfer at the ends of this piece of clapboard?

I need to replace a few of those clapboards. In order for them to stack, I need to remove half of the material on the intersecting volume. What is the purpose of the chamfer and the surface #2 ? The ...
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How can I cut this notch?

I over-designed this workbench and ended up with this terrible piece of wood. Don't ask - let's just play: 'how would you cut this?' Best idea I have is to chisel it out with a moderately sharp Dewalt ...
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Edge Joining: How flat is flat enough?

I'm trying to edge joint boards without a jointer or a table saw.... I have a small router table with an 18" fence (Only 9" outfeed fence) which I tried to use with some jointing shims. I ...
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How is this weight rack joined or fastened?

I'm trying to recreate the weight rack shown in this photo and I'm curious how top A-frame like section and the section where the bottom of the 'A' meets the base are joined/fastened.
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Pluggable boards joinery

I'm looking for a pluggable (fast assembly) way to join two plywood boards. I liked the method that the company Tylko uses. I wonder if parts for such joinery are freely available on the market. What ...
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What type of table saw blade is best for jointing?

My budget and shop space aren't generous enough right now for a jointer, so I plan to do the best I can for edge jointing using my table saw. I know it isn't ideal, but it is what I've got to work ...
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How to attach a beam perpendicularly to a wall?

I am trying to figure out how to attach the three parallel wooden beams on the picture below to a wall or a wooden base a wooden base made of this. The connection must be solid because it will be used ...
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How to fix this mirror frame that is coming apart?

I have an old dressing table, and the mirror frame is coming apart. How best to repair it? I am thinking carpenter glue, but I'm not sure.
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Wood chair: Cutting out back post vs (domino) tenons

I would like to build several outdoor teak chairs, similar to this one https://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/larnaca-outdoor-dining-side-chair/?pkey=s~larnaca~70&sbkey=williams-sonoma-home ...
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Doweled miter joint vs doweled butt joint

I am going to be making a box to store full milk bottles outside. I was going to make a frame using miter joints, as I have a miter saw. However, I didn't think the joint would be strong enough, so I ...
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How might a tabletop be joined to this kind of frame?

I stumbled across a table here which has a rare view of the underside of the table. Similar designs can be found by searching for: "組子テーブル". Some photos: The table seems to have effectively ...
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What's a good way to join MDF squares to make a frame-shaped wall decoration?

I have a bunch of 20x20x1.7 cm MDFs, and I'm trying to make a wall decoration that looks like ONE of these: (image from here) ...except my wood pieces are small and thus I need to use many squares to ...
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Fixing a cracked breadboard tabletop

Over a decade ago, my father made a breadboard-style kitchen table for my mother and I have since inherited the table. It was his first (and only) table of that style and so the breadboard joinery ...
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What if a half-lap joint isn't actually "half"?

I'm making half-lap joints in 2x4, but they're not at a 90° angle. Therefore, I need two jigs, one angled 10° from square in each direction. Due to poor planning on my part, I made one jig out of one ...
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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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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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