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Questions tagged [joinery]

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

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Joining an irregular, detachable modesty panel together and to an irregular shaped desk

I've built an irregularly-shaped desk with irregular, five-sided cabinets. It now needs a modesty panel, but because of the unique angles and circumstances, I'm stumped as to how to attach such a ...
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What is the recommended way to mortise melamine particleboard?

I need to cut square holes in some double sided melamine particleboard 3/4 inch thick. Can I use a hollow chisel mortise (drill press style) to make these holes? I could just experiment with this ...
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How do I prevent the rungs of my loft bed from moving slightly in their join with the legs?

I have a fully-assembled loft bed from softwood, in use for about of year, that has head and footboards of this design: There are 4 rungs on the foot and 5 on the head; the legs are each 85". The ...
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What's the best joint when exposing to weather (specifically for a beehive box)

I'm thinking of starting a beehive this spring and I want to make my own beehive boxes. I realize that there are kits you can buy and assemble, but I like woodworking and have most, if not all, of the ...
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Build a grid out of vertical, thin wood bars

I want to create a grid out of thin wood bars (slats?), where the slats cross each other on the smaller side, like in this sketch: I would install LEDs in this grid, so it doesn't need to carry any ...
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Can a Biscuit Joiner Make T-joints?

My latest tool acquisition is a biscuit joiner, just ordered it (I am really just an amateur builder, would not call myself a wood working enthusiast). I have used a friend's before for some rather ...
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Joining partially-overlapping boards into panel

A few times, I have seen partially-overlapping horizontal boards, creating a larger panel. For example, I've seen this done on the walls of some wooden houses. I would like to know if there is a joint ...
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Does this butt joint with a beveled profile have a name?

I am trying to come up with a joint that I can use for a frame that will have beveled inside corners, where I can cut the bevels cleanly on my router, and that isn't a miter (I don't want the 45 ...
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Attaching Legs to a Table

I decided build a table out of 2x4s and such for Thanksgiving. I figured it would be a cool first woodworking project. The top went pretty well I think, but now it's time to attach the legs and I feel ...
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Will these table legs support this table?

Will these table legs be able to support this table design or will they need additional supporting features? I'm specifically talking about the structural integrity of the legs, seeing as how they are ...
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Corner butt joint, longer top or longer sides?

When making butt joints for corners, say, for small little cabinets to hang on a wall (think medicine cabinet), structurally is there any difference between longer tops and longer sides (I'm using ...
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What is the strongest join for splayed legs?

I intend to make a splayed leg dining room table similar to the ones in these images: Because dining room tables typically support a good deal of weight, I'm concerned about the amount of stress ...
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Make a bunk bed v2

I decided to make a bunk bed for my room as it is small and I need a desk. I made a first design in this thread Make a bunk bed But I realised that all the strength would be on the angle brackets ...
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Tips for planing huge panels of joined wood

Somewhat akin to the purpose behind this question (Recommendation for manual planing and sanding), I am seeking advice from some experts that would help a hobbyist such as myself trying to manufacture ...
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How to make a good joint by hand planing both edges at the same time?

In this comment on this question on jointing without a jointer it was stated that: there's a trick where, if you plane two edges at once, they'll fit together even if they aren't perfectly square ...
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Methods of jointing without a jointer

I can't afford a jointer right now, and I am wondering, what are the tricks to getting a good joint(on the edges, not on the surface)? What I have tried in the past is simply nailing a straight board ...
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How to setup joint proportions?

I am a brand new woodworker and I would like to know how to setup joint proportions correctly. I've watched many videos on various joint techniques, but most won't teach you about the proper ...
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When it comes to dovetails what is the significance of 1:6,1:7,1:8

I've been watching and reading about dovetails and you see workers put certain angle on their tails and pins. These angles can be decribed with number sets such as 1:6, 1:8 and other examples. Router ...
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Best knockdown loft bedbjoint

What is considered the strongest knockdown joint when putting together a loft bed? I'd like to build a very sturdy and kid resistant loft bed for my son. If anyone knows of a really nice plan I can ...
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Joints for a 3/4in-thick pentagon

I'm attempting to create a pentagon from 3/4in-thick pine boards, which will become part of a slightly odd shelving unit. Of the five angles, two are 90 degrees and I'm planning to use dowels and glue ...
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How can I prevent a drawer bottom from sagging?

I am building drawers to finish a bed frame I built. The sides are made of 1x6 cedar (actual 0.75 by 5.5 inches, 19 x 140 mm). There are four drawers, each with exterior dimensions of 39 x 36 in (...
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Joining corners in a loft bed

I'm making a loft bed, and would like to know if the way I plan to join the corners will be sufficiently strong to hold up say 120kg in the second floor. The loft bed is 1920 x 896 x 2330 and I'm ...
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What type of wooden joint to use connecting three wooden beams [duplicate]

I'm making a wooden frame (for a loft) and would like to make that without using any angles or fittings. /------------- / | /| ?-------------/ | | |__________|_| | / ...
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How does one properly mount a breadboard end?

Given the below design which really violates the mechanical use for a breadboard, assuming that I were otherwise building a farmhouse table with pocket screws, what would be the appropriate way to ...
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Can I glue OSB to plywood?

I am planning to build a workbench and want to use layered plywood for the bench top. To keep costs down, I am considering using 3/4" OSB for the base and glueing 1/4" plywood on top instead of ...
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What is the simplest joint for a non-experienced woodworker to start with?

I would like to start designing some boxes based on an idea that I have. But I've never worked with wood before and I have no woodworking tools so I would need to purchase whatever tools are required. ...
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What am I doing wrong when making lap joints with my stacked dado set?

I'm trying to cut some lap joints on a table saw using my stacked dado set. But the depth of the cut is inconsistent from pass to pass. Here's a picture of what I'm getting: It seems like I'm ...
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What's the best way to widen a butcherblock countertop?

I'm very handy in general, but I'm new to wood working. We're installing butcher block countertop. we've pre-ordered sections that are 8' x 25" x 1.5" thick. I've done tons of research, and I'm ...
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Is it sensible to use a router for cutting large dados?

I'm working on some landscaping projects with interlocking halved joints. The material is 100x50mm treated pine so my cuts are 50x50mm. I'm currently achieving my cuts by clamping several lengths ...
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How should I orient a spline along a long edge join?

I glued up a 4' long dresser top last night, and ended up using a 1/4" spline to line up the two 12" wide sub-panels into one 24" wide one. I was using pine quarter-sawn boards, and for the spline I ...
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What are some best practices and techniques for building cabinet boxes with plywood?

I often find myself wanting to build plywood boxes of various sizes for various uses. I realize that the size and use can dictate how to construct the box, but are there some general recommendations ...
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Why would someone cut a miter in a tenon?

In the May 2015 issue of WOOD Magazine, on page 50 there is a plan for a Woven-Seat bench. In the diagram (which I can't seem to find online, it may be copyright content) the short and long rails ...
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What is the name of the hardware used in these MDF joints?

I want to build a cabinet with MDF boards like the ones I see at work. They are using some kind of hardware but I'm not able to find any instructions on how it works and I don't know what its name is. ...
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Perfect miters every time

I'm using a table saw to make picture frames with mitered corners. It turns out that even tiny inaccuracies in the miter angle or the lengths of the frame pieces cause gaps that make a frame look ...
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What might be stronger than a miter but still look like a miter joint?

In this bench, the joints appear to be simple miters; however, I can't believe that this piece would be stable with a simple miter. How might this joint be constructed so that it is strong enough to ...
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What type of joint should I use for building a piece of furniture that will be assembled and disassembled?

I am working on a large piece of furniture that cannot fit into my home fully assembled. I must carry the smaller pieces through the door and assemble the item in its final resting place. What ...
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Is there a reason not to glue a wooden bolt into its threads?

I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of my new tapping set from Beall and one of the uses I was thinking about was creating a mallet--turn a head and then tap a hole and screw in a wooden handle (I have ...
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What is a wedged through tenon and how is it used?

What is a wedged through tenon and how is it constructed? How is it different than a "standard" mortise and tenon? When should it be used?
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How thick do slabs need to be in a slab bench?

My cousin's fiancee is looking to build a bench for their kitchen. From his description, it sounds like what I would call a "slab bench." Just three thick slabs of wood, two for legs and one long one (...
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When making a box joint, how do I calculate the width of the board so that the teeth appear even?

I have made some box joints and thus far I've found it difficult to ensure that the teeth are evenly spaced; there's usually a pin that is cut down a bit. Is there an equation or method of ...
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Glue spots under stain

I have two pieces of plywood that I joined with biscuits and wood glue (wiping away all excess glue after joining the two pieces. I then sanded the whole piece down to 220 grit. After staining there ...
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When are pocket holes an appropriate joinery technique?

I have come across a lot of designs and plans for things like outdoor furniture, kids' furniture, etc., that call for the use of pocket holes. I can appreciate why this is enticing to a lot of people ...
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How can I join two mitred handrails?

(posted this on diy.stackexchange but it was suggested I try here) I have an old staircase with winders, so if I want 32 inches between handrail and nose of stairs, I'm going to have to cut some ...
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Are spline joints inherently stronger than a standard butt miter joint?

I have always liked how spline joints look, but I was unsure whether it would help or hurt the joint strength. Are splined miter joints stronger than other types of mitered joinery?
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What is the name of the corner joint with grooves on this chair?

I removed the seats from dining chairs I just bought but have never seen this type of construction. What is it called?
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Should I use one large spline or multiple smaller ones for a miter joint?

This obviously depends on the thickness of the wood. When you see multiple splines on a join they use contrasting wood colors to create a nice effect. But is that the only reason? Consider the ...
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Strong joints to use when making custom frames

I found this large 4' x 3' mirror in the garbage. It is a heavy beast. I plan on making frame for it but I'm worried about the joint. I only have experience with miter joins and splines which seems ...
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Can corner joints on a planter box that are warped and coming apart be fixed?

I bought this planter box at a yard sale for $5. I think it may not be used outside as the heat or moisture may have caused the corners to warp and come apart. Two corner joints are really bad (see ...
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Are there advantages to using pipe clamps over parallel bar clamps?

Pipe clamps seem to be a low cost and versatile option for gluing up projects. However, they're prone to racking the work piece if not placed correctly. Parallel bar clamps aren't as susceptible to ...
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Building A Table - Help With Wood Selection and Joints

I am wanting to build a table that will hold a Large Big Green Egg grill. I've created a mock up using SketchUp (Just learned how to use it today, so it is kind of rough) My design is based on a ...