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

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Joining cross supports to workbench legs

I'm new to woodworking and I'm in the process of building myself a workbench for my garage. The workbench is divided into three sections. Each side will have space for storage and the middle will be ...
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How to secure a "basic" butt joint where three pieces of wood intersect? [closed]

I have a sofa that has detachable wooden legs with a bolt attached directly into the legs. Across the length and width of the couch, there are support beams that are permanently mounted to the frame ...
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Reinforcing a console

I am building a console as shown below (not to scale). The boards are 5 cm (2 inches) thick pine. The sides are joined to the top using dovetails. I have not assembled this yet but I am concerned ...
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Alternative drawer joints

I am planning to replace two cupboard units of my old IKEA kitchen with one unit with three drawers. I have most of the parts planned, except for the attachment of the drawer fronts. On the existing ...
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Why make loose tenons narrower and shorter than the combined mortises?

Many online sources, such as this guide from woodcraft.com recommend making the tenons 1/16 inch shorter and narrower than the space they are to occupy. Where is the benefit? I tried to find an ...
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How to join the broken wooden piece (from a bedside table)?

I have this piece from a small bed-side table. It is 44 cms long. The point it is broken has the smallest dimensions 17 x 19 mms. I want to fix (join) it myself. The best experience working with ...
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Box with 3/4" plywood with screws not joined

I would like to make a small wall mounted cabinet for an audio receiver that I would like to be of specific dimensions. Can I use finish grade 3/4" plywood but join it at the edge using trim ...
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Are pocket-hole screws stronger than 90° screw joints for building these garage shelves?

I am a novice when it comes to working with wood, however I would like to learn more. Please accept my apologies in advance for asking technical questions for such a basic project..... as this is not ...
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Can I hammer 25.4mm x 300mm oak dowels into a 25mm hole?

I bought the oak dowels supplied as 25mm x 300mm to fix through three oak sleepers total height 300mm. I then bought a 25mm auger bit. When I just checked the dowels with a calibrated digital caliper, ...
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How can I securely attach plywood to a wall on the long edge?

I'm building a closet and I'm trying to find a good way to store shoes. I discovered the following product for sale online: But it's crazy expensive, something like US$35 per linear foot, and it only ...
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Joints for a wall-mounted canopy

I'm planning a rain canopy down the side alley of our house. The basic design in mind is to have several vertical timbers attached to the ground and bolted to the wall. The schematic below illustrates ...
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Traditional keyed mitre joint or using through dowels

Looking to build some overhead cabinets in a van. These will be made from plywood probably 3/8" unless I can get away with thinner. Ideally I would like to use finger joints, but without a table ...
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Sticking two desktops together to make an L-shaped desk. Will this pattern for legs support the weight?

Sorry for the terrible paint drawing. I'm looking to stick two desktops together to create an L-shaped desk. I honestly have no clue what I'm doing, I've barely done any woodworking in my life, if you ...
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Is this a valid way to brace a garden gate?

I am planning to replace a wooden garden gate which has rotten over time. Lacking much experience myself, my first thought was to copy the existing design. However, I don't know who made it or what ...
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Grain direction for ends of a wooden tool tote

In a typical wooden tool tote, the sides have grain running horizontally, but what is the best way to run the grain for the ends? It seems like it would be better to make them with vertical grain ...
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Half-lap joints without table saw [closed]

The information I have so far show that half-lap joints are made using table saw. However, it should still be possible to make them without table saw by using some other jig while getting clean joints ...
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Resetting a slipped frame element in a frame-and-panel cabinet door

I’m new to woodworking and have a kitchen cabinet door with the following issue: Applying short term pressure to the frame doesn’t make it budge. Perhaps some long term compression bands would move ...
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How can I join very thin sheets at a right angle?

I want to build a spice shelf organizer, something like this, out of thin bamboo sheets: The bamboo sheets that I've got are actually leftover multi-ply flooring from another project, and are ...
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ISO three-way knock-down bunk bed joinery

I'm looking for a style of joinery to attach the mattress boxes in a bunk bed to the supporting posts. I tried inventing my own here and was correctly dissuaded. The basic bed structure is from Ana ...
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Using a dado stack to cut lap joints, but wood is vibrating a lot and hard to control

I am very new to woodworking and am taking a beginner woodworking class. I've made a few basic projects, and decided to try to make a George Nelson style bench. It seemed like something that would ...
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4-way foldable X joint

I'm trying to design a 4-way X-shaped foldable joint. Something that is 4-legged and connects at the middle, but can also be folded up into a straight object. Is this possible? What would be the name ...
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How to join two parallel sheets of wood together

I have a desk which looks like this: I have decided to take some steps to fix it. This includes creating a way to manage the dozens of wires that form part of the work from home setup. I am going to ...
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Ideas to split coat rack in two for mailing?

I'd like to mail this coat rack (about 6 ft high) but would like to split it into 2 pieces by cutting thru the staff. That would make it easier to mail, but then I need a way for the recipient to put ...
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Large custom flush floor register - is there a best way to cut and join the parts?

I need to build two registers like the below ones. The second one (not shown in the diagram) is smaller but it will still be large, see the below image. The design is not final, I could probably add ...
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How can I attach hardwood backing panels to a frame?

Preface: I only have access to hand tools. I am a novice at design and drawing perspectives, I unfortunately only have technical abilities right now because I've only copied other people's work to ...
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DIY- how to build a long desk tabletop with solid wood planks that are large but shorter than the length of the desk

I am trying to build a desk for the home office area in my attic room. I would like to make a long wall-to-wall desk by gluing together a few big solid wood planks. The total length of the desk should ...
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Completely split butcher block

I live in a remote part of the world and ordered this butcher block countertop. It split in transit but no one cares and you can't return anything. How can I fix this best? Dowels? Just glue? No we ...
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Pulling out of a cut on a table saw

I recognise that this is a very elementary question but I’m new to table saws and no amount of googling has given me an answer to my question (I’m probably using the wrong terms). I want to cut a half ...
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Large Half Lap Joints For "L" Shelving

Fairly new to woodworking and building some pantry shelves that go on two walls, forming an 'L.' See pictures below. My question is what is the best way to rout these fairly large half laps? The half ...
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How big hole can I drill in edge of plywood?

I want to glue two 3/4" (11/16" actual) sheets of Baltic Birch plywood together to make a 1.5" (1.375" actual) thick sheet. I then want to add two "legs" coming out of ...
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How to fix Ikea wooden lamp

The wooden legs of my Ikea Lauters lamp came loose and I need some advice how to fix it. This is how the lamp looks like - you see the wooden legs: The 3 legs each have a wooden "peg" that ...
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Downside to Mortising Jigs against Festool DOMINO?

There are a number of Chinese mortising jigs on the market which work by mounting a trim router, GANWEI 2-In-1 Slotting Wood Trimming Machine Holder - Banggood Tool Sets Tianli Mortising Jig Given ...
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Why are table legs attached to the edge of tabletop so rare?

The most straightforward way to attach legs to a table is from the edge: Only perpendicular drilling. Tabletop face remains intact. Legs are further apart so the table is less likely to tip over. I ...
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Best way to mount mirror in medicine cabinet door

I'm building a medicine cabinet with a door that will be a framed mirror. Door stock is 3/4" poplar, mirror is 1/4" thickness. I'd like a 1/4" reveal from the front. Is it better to ...
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Is this knockdown three-post joint resistant to racking?

I am building a very large desk which has kind of a post-and-beam base construction. Since the desk is L-shaped, and roughly 5'x7', there are a couple of places where three beams come together at a ...
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Building a sturdy kinda narrow and tall freestanding shelving unit for boardgames

I'm very new at building and working with wood in general. Had 1 project before this one but it was just a bunch of acoustic panelling frames. I want to build a shelving unit for boardgames similar to ...
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Hunting for mystery wardrobe fixings/bolts

I am looking for the bolt fixings for a large (mahogany/walnut?) wardrobe whose fixings were lost in delivery. However I am mystified as to what mechanism was used - looking for guidance on what clues ...
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Handrail coming away from wall

I have a pig-ear handrail (I believe that’s what you call it) coming loose from the wall, and I'm looking for some advice on how to make it secure again. I'm unsure if a secure repair is possible. It ...
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Bookshelf joints

Anyone familiar with this type joint? Looking to build something similar but worried it will be very wobbly. https://areastore.com/en/products/86375-krisel-estante
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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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