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Questions tagged [joinery]

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

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What can you put on a joint to make it just a little tighter?

I've been making laser-cut objects out of 1/8" birch plywood using a variety of different joints (mostly finger and lap joints). When a joint turns out a little too tight, I can sand it lightly to ...
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How do I attach these wooden hexagons together?

I am trying to make a hanging shelf/sculpture out of a bunch of individual wooden hexagon containers. Each hexagon is about 3" across the opening, the pieces they're made of are 1/4" thick, and they ...
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Good joints for a feral cat house

I would like to build a few cat houses for local feral cats to help during the winter and protect them from coyotes. I was thinking of using about 1 inch hardwood plywood. What are some good joints ...
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Easy drawer joints for plywood

I'm trying to build square shelving out of 15mm (5/8") plywood without using screws, so no pocket holes either. I'm trying to drop screws, I feel like it's much easier to do repetitive work with a ...
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Choosing a finish for a tusk/key/wedge that stays put

To ensure that a tusk stays put longer in a mortise, is the nature of the finish critical (assuming the piece is cut to a L:W ratio ~10:1)? The particular type of construction i’m referring to is ...
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What's the name of this hinge?

I am planning to build a motorized bed. I am still in the researching phase so I went to a bedroom shop in my city. In the shop I saw this hinge, or at least I believe it´s called a hinge. I have been ...
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What is the name of this kind of joint?

I know this is a woodworking Q&A, but since googling to the best of my keywording skills didn't work, I'm trying my luck here. I'm trying to build a home office desk for myself, with a metal ...
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Making table leg slightly longer

After a mistake, I ended up with a table leg that's about 1/16" (1.6mm) shorter than the other ones, on the top. I'm probably going to trim all other legs by a commensurate amount, because that seems ...
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Joining on an angle

I am trying to build this at home. I was just wondering what the best approach would be to join at these angles? I was thinking about using pegs/dowels and glue, any suggestions would be much ...
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Are mortises with angled walls cut the same way as square mortises (handtools)?

What are the usual steps to carve out a non-90degree mortise that will be married to a sliding wedge/key? Should the wedge be cut first? When chiseling a usual mortise, plumb can be used as the ...
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How do biscuits work?

Oftentimes I see a video such as this one: At 2:04 the maker is using a biscuit slot cutting machine on two different surfaces. He does not seem to take care to measure carefully and align the slots ...
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How to cut 2“ wide x 1/2” deep slot in 3“ x 1” x 1" soft maple?

I'm a newbie woodworker and the struggle is real. My current project needs me to cut a 2" wide by 1/2" deep slot in a 3" wide by 1" by 1" piece of soft maple. A 2" wide piece of 1/2" plywood will be ...
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How likely is it that my kids will break this bench?

I need a bench for our kitchen table, and am trying to teach myself basic joinery, so I'm attempting to build one from some scrap pallet wood. The wood is nominally 1x4 and I think is probably pine, ...
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How do you pick a joint?

For a novice working on a design, picking a joint seems a very daunting task. There are many different kinds and it isn't easy to pick the most appropriate one. How to position the different elements, ...
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Joint types for very thin plywood

I have some sheets of very thin plywood (beech). By very thin I mean 1/8 inch (3.00 mm). I need to make some small boxes out of it (movable compartments in drawers etc.). What would be a good way to ...
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Is this frame design sturdy enough for a window seat?

Hope that this is the right forum for woodworking design critiques. I'm experienced with plywood but this is my first time attempting 'sturdy' furniture. I'd like to make sure it's going to be strong ...
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How to hide base dados behind box joint corners

I don’t have any photos on me so hopefully I can describe this ok. Say I build a box like so: Cut the four sides. Cut dado in bottom of each side, on table saw (I don’t have another good way), which ...
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Shelves inside cupboard, how to attach to legs?

My bathroom has a small cupboard/closet built into the wall, and I'd like to put some shelves inside it. Since I don't own the property, I'm thinking of building a free-standing set of shelves that ...
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Styling dovetail box - tails or pins on front side

I am building a box to hold some of my router bits and will use dovetail joints for the vertical sides. I am not sure what to put in front, the tails or the pins. Aside from mechanical considerations,...
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Monkey Bar / Play structure design question

I am trying to make a monkey bar for my daughter with Bamboo stakes I got from craiglist. I have a design like this in my mind. There are two parts of this design, 4 Vertical support beams. 2 ...
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Why is clear epoxy not often used to fill cracks in live edge slabs?

I've worked with a few live edge slabs in the past, but the one I have now is the first one with a sizable crack. I don't like the look of butterfly keys, and I don't believe that this crack needs ...
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Is there a practical way to cut off a piece of a live edge slab, and then seamlessly rejoin it?

As mentioned in other questions I've posted, I'm building a memorial bench for my mother, who recently passed away. I would like to have some poetic stanzas inscribed on the seatback on either side, ...
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What is the best way to build a shelf?

How can I build a sturdy shelf out of pine boards? I can build a shelf out of plywood, however, I don't like the look, finish or the edges. I want to build a shelf out of 1/2" pine boards (...
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Loft bed design

So I am very much new to woodworking and I stupidly proclaimed to my housemates that I was going to build myself a loft bed. Obviously this ambition was met with a lot of ridicule and doubt so now my ...
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Pocket holes vs screwed butt joint

I took a woodworking course recently in which we learned the screwed butt joint technique. While it's not the prettiest, it is very fast and relatively easy to get right. It appears the pocket-hole ...
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How do I achieve flush joinery when the pieces need to be stained differently?

When people need flush corner joints (say, dovetails), I usually see them glue the piece up, sand or plane the joint flush, and then apply stain to the whole thing. That won't work for me, because I ...
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Reproducing tenons in semi rough cut timber

I've recently cut mortices using a template and busing guide with a plunge router to get easily reproducible results. I then cut mortices by routing away 5mm all round my timber. I then discovered ...
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Why is metal avoided when joining wood?

I've seen dowels, dovetails (and other joinery techniques), glue and many more used for joining pieces of wood but metal screws, brad nails and metal, in general, is usually avoided. Why is this?
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Difference in tongue and groove router bits

Whilst looking for router bits I came across 2 different types of tongue and groove bits. Set A This set I call normal Set B are these strange ones There is only £1 difference in price, so I am ...
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Invisible join between two 200x200 beams on a support

I'm an IT'er with some experience in woodworking, looking to build his own backyard porch. It should eventually look something like this; I'm pondering now on how to make the connection between the ...
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How to join at an angle?

So I'm building this bookcase. Birthday/wedding present for my middle child. Sides are bamboo (originally supposed to be hotel stair treads) 6' x 11" x 1" Horizontals are African Mahogany. 10.5" x 1" ...
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how can I make a flush box bottom

I am building a silverware box out of walnut and would like to make the bottom (also walnut) sit flush with the sides. Any suggestions...? Was thinking of a dado in sides and rabbet in bottom - sides ...
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Reusable Desk design: how to join pieces?

I just saw this question about how to join pieces of a bed frame in order to dispose and reassemble it without damaging the wood. I want to pose a similar question about a registration studio desk. ...
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What knock down hardware can I use on this platform bed frame?

Basically, I want to be able to make the platform of this bed easy to take apart, because I'd like to be able to easily move it by myself. I'd like knock-down fasteners to be used in a way that the ...
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Is wood-glue enough or should I use extra support?

I am building a 2' x 2' bar table, which will be either supported by a single metal base (like this) or by wooden legs at the corners. For the table-top, I'm planning on using Poplar from Lowe's in ...
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Techniques for hiding slight gaps in joinery

I have a slight gap in a mortise & tenon joint. anyone have a cover-up or fix for slight gap in joinery?
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What are the standard dimensions for biscuit joints?

I recently acquired a Ryobi biscuit jointer and purchased some Freud biscuits. They didn't fit the slots made by the biscuit jointer very well. I am aware that the biscuits are made to swell when wet, ...
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How many dowels is enough to support this joint?

I'm going to take a crack at building the shelf pictured below, except I'm just going to make the top section, since I only want one level. I was thinking of using a french cleat behind the length of ...
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Help identifying some old chairs

I came across these old chairs for a very fair price.....free. I’m just wondering if anyone has ever seen this style.
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What is it called when you use screws with a butt joint?

I always thought that this wasn't done, because the screw would likely blow out, unless it's perfectly aligned. I'm wondering if there's a name for this technique (using screws to reinforce a butt ...
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Edge joint failure - what is the cause?

I've had a few instances where my glued up panels, breadboards etc. have had gaps open up at the edges. This happens a few days or weeks after gluing. The gaps have all stopped at a certain point and ...
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Repurposing Round Dining Table

I just acquired a 42” diameter solid pine kitchen table. I would like to cut and hinge each side parallel to the center cut where the leaf extension goes. It seems pretty straightforward but haven’t ...
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Help creating simple wood table? [closed]

I am learning about wood-working, and I want to start by building something relatively simple like this to hold a TV. I will be using 2" x 6" wood. What particular tools do I need for the joints? It ...
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Resources for wooden furniture projects without glue, nails or screws

I am looking for resources (mostly books) on how to build wooden furniture without glue, nails or screws (preferably with only hand tools). I would like to learn the techniques involved in this as ...
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Easiest joints for 3/4" plywood step?

I'm making a rectangular box that will act as a floating step. 9" deep x 7" high. The top will be hinged as there will be storage inside, so only one edge of the top will be glued to the box. What ...
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What is the minimal spacing between edge of leg pommel and mortise and tenon apron (intersected by tusk tenon)

I would like to balance aesthetics and strength for a craftsman-style tusked tenon table frame. Are there rules of thumb to determine how close to the leg corner an apron should be? (as a preamble, I ...
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How long the bracket should be with respect to the plywood?

I have a piece of plywood 2 ft. long and 1ft. wide. I am making a wall rack using brackets. But the problem is I don't know what should be the ratio of the breadth of plywood by the bracket. ...
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Finger size for a finger joint

I need to fix solid wood, ash board 5cm thick to a plywood, two boards glued together, total thickness 42mm. Here are the parts, grey is ash tabletop Can I glue it? Do I need fingers, or dado joint ...
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Gluing plywood together

I have a small cabinet that I plan on wrapping in stained and wood and mounting on the wall as a liquor cabinet. The wrapped wood I plan on using 3/4 plywood with 5mm popular plywood on top of that. ...
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“T” joint with MDF—No power tools

Disclaimer: I'm a complete newbie when it comes to woodworking so I apologize if I don't use good woodworking vocabulary. I'm hoping to build a small hutch/monitor stand for my desk out of MDF. I'm ...