Questions tagged [joinery]

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

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keep a dowel from getting stuck in high humidity

I'm constructing a 12 x 15 ft free-standing, stained, pine frame for a decorative wedding backdrop. I'll make the uprights from 2 6' 2x4s and the horizontal from two 7.5" 2x4s. (This is necessary for ...
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Spindle moulder blocks and cutters

I have just purchased an old Tyzack spindle moulder (shaper) and need some help please. I'm new to carpentry and have never used a spindle moulder before. I am in need of a block and cutters. I ...
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How to create a pyramidal panel for a door?

I am working on a design for a hardwood door that would feature square, pyramidal panels. In masonry such shapes are called "diamonds". The question is how to shape the panels and do the joinery into ...
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New Orleans style Exterior Wood Shutters

What process would you go through to create this style of shutters, with the expectation that they're built for long-life? Specifically, I'm interested in how the back panel is put together: glue or ...
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How to make out-of-square cabinet square?

I'm refinishing some old speaker cabinets and noticed they were out of square. They're reasonably sturdy, but if I push the top sideways while holding the bottom (shear force), I can bend them square. ...
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Need help with design of entryway bench joinery

I'm designing a bench for the entryway of our home that will have a place to sit, have two drawers and a bottom shelf for shoes. I'm designing it in Blender, but would like some help confirming the ...
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How can I make the 1/2 inch tip of 3/4" dowels maybe 1/16 of an inch thinner so they fit in a coupling?

I want to be able to easily connect and disconnect two 3/4" dowels to each other. All the couplings I've been able to find out there, while they say they are 3/4" they do not fit tightly to 3/4" ...
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Doweling technique - can they be applied in two stages?

I am planning to build a custom box to fit in my car's trunk on one side, as tall and long as the trunk and as wide as little as possible. This would hold my tools, emergency gadgets etc. Since I ...
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Multiple Half-lap Jig for Grid Work

I'm making a gate from 2x2 material. I want to build-in a half-lap grid. I came up with a jig to use with my router that involves laying the 2x2 side by side in a box 1 1/2" deep then attaching at ...
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Joinery Suggestions

I'm building a coffee table out of a live edge walnut slab. It's about 5'x30"x1.125" For the legs I've made some blue-stain ponderosa blocks, 18"x15"x2.25" Any suggestions on how to join the legs to ...
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Would a dovetail key(s) in a beveled (mitered) chest panel be adequate strength for a larger box?

I'm building a hope chest for my daughter out of cherry, and wanted to use dovetails to join the panels. My hand-cutting skills aren't quite up to snuff for a fine detail like through dovetails, so I'...
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How to prevent joint gaps after applying glue

The joint between these two boards was very nice, snug and barely visible before gluing. It's about 20" and has three small biscuits. However, when I applied Titebond and waited about 30 min, when I ...
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Solid wood furniture faces expand at different rates?

I'm a "weekend woodworker" (boxes, small shelves/cabinets, stuff like that). Now I'm thinking about replacing one of my wardrobes, and was thinking about doing it myself. The problem is: in Romania, ...
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Making a 25” deep butcher block counter deeper

I am looking to install a butcherblock countertop in my kitchen but can only find 25” depth which is only 1/4” overhang. Can I add a strip of wood to the back of it to widen it? Or perhaps make a ...
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pine panels with minor cupping suitable for dovetails?

I have these 9”-wide, 3/4”-thick pine panels from the bigbox store that i would like to make into a carcass with dovetails. Such panels commonly exhibit some cupping, but have some spring into them, ...
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Design: Creating a table with removable center/top

I'm hoping this question is okay to ask here! I'm trying to build my own table and am stuck figuring out a safe/sturdy way to create it so that I will be able to unfasten some screws or something and ...
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Which way of joining is stronger?

I have to build a box to extend the length of a projector bracket: The projector bracket weighs 7kg and has an arm of about 500mm. The projector weighs another 5kg. The box has a depth of 140mm. ...
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Edge joining three 6' 2x10" and 4 sturdy hairpin legs for a dining table, is it sturdy enough?

I'm planning to do my first dining table. I know most of my research tells me that well clamped glued edges can support the table. The thing is, I plan to use hairpin legs so the weight will be ...
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Solid wood top to solid wood sides

I'm looking to build an entertainment center that is 48” wide by 24” deep by 32” tall. I understand that I need to plan for wood movement for the top as it is solid wood (1 11/32” black walnut, grain ...
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Which weight bearing knockdown joints

I'm building a Murphy bed with 18mm plywood. I would like to use knock-down joints for the sides of the base (outer-frame). My research led me to cross dowels (see below) When doing some tests ...
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advice for glue-and-screw butt joint

I am an amateur, building a set of kid’s beds. I have prepared side rails, headboard and footboard; I am ready to attach everything. I intend simple end-to-face butt joints with glue and screws. I ...
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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 ...