Questions tagged [joinery]

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

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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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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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Joiner materials for larger than standard routing

The standard 5/32" biscuits seems a bit thin for a strong joint for thicker boards. A Feastool seems like the perfect tool, however it is a high price point for my volume. I have a 1/4" slot cutter ...
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How to fix this mortise and tenon joint

I am fixing a bench and came across the above mortise and tenon joint between the foot and the vertical support (2 actually, one on each support). Quite clearly, someone has messed with this joint in ...
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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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Brackets instead of pocket holes

I'm building a farm=style dining room table with thick legs. Dimensions are - 7 ft L x 38.5 in W x 31 in T, with tabletop being 1 inch. I don't know how to do pocket holes, can I use brackets ...
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Replacing cutout in oriented-strand board (OSB)

I cut out a small 4" x 5" piece of oriented-strand board out of a wall. I saved this cut out piece so I can re-attach it. When I put the piece back in the hole I cut, what do I use to re-...
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Joining wood at an angle

To give you an idea of scale, as it give context, I am referring to the roof of an open bird feeder. Currently I make 3 holes that I drill perpendicular to where the two pieces meet. Getting a screw ...
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How to decide what joints to use for a frame of a play wagon

I'm a complete newbie to woodworking. I do have a small Craftsman table saw, a miter saw, jig saw, circular saw, and various drills and a hand router. My nine-year-old daughter to build this wagon ...
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Search for metal brackets to join 1/4" plywood boxes

Ikea used to make these boxes that were made out of 1/4" plywood connected with 8 galvanized metal brackets that had an extra lip on the top that helped keep the box together. I wanted to use the ...
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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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Is rebate/rabbet joint with glue only strong enough?

If I use a rebate to joint 2 boards together, is it mandatory to use screws/nails to support it or will the glue alone hold just fine? My main concern is the fact that (to my knowledge) end grain ...
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How to make a joint between two pieces of wood look good?

I’m building a counter top and I had to join two pieces of boards with some glue in between. The countertop looks pretty okay, but the joint is very obvious and when I clean it with a bit a water, it ...
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Butt joints on both sides on the same piece of wood

While planning and designing a cabinet, I made a wrong assumption of making two butt joints J1 and J2 on the same side of a piece of wood. While doing the work, I realised J1 needs screws from bottom ...
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How to tell the correct fit on a mortise and tenon joint?

When making a mortise and tenon joint, it's important for maximum strength of the joint that the tenon fit inside the mortise properly: neither too tight nor too loose. If the tenon is too tight, ...
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Glueing Together Thin Strips of Already Stained Wood

I have hundreds of 1/4" x 1/4" strips of wood. I would like to stain these a rainbow of different colors. Each strip would be stained a single solid color. Then glue the strips together. ...
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Do I need to glue doweled joints in MDF?

I am making a cupboard unit using melamine faced MDF. The joints will be made using wood dowels. My question is do I use glue as well and if so which sort?
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Joinery method for 3/4 Hardwood

I want to build a desk tabletop with the surface being maple, but 8/4 maple was quite expensive so I'm opting for half the thickness. However, this narrows down the options for joining the boards to ...
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Why offset biscuits

I was reading "Illustrated Cabinetmaking" and came across this: "Where a horizontal board tops an upright, the biscuits should be offset". It does not explain why. Does anyone ...
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How can I create a planked wood table top with a plywood core?

I was looking at this table made by Harp Design company Melissa Table The description describes the top's construction as: Each top is crafted from reclaimed old growth pine which is planed down ...
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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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How to calculate rotation for three square interlocking angled legs?

I was inspired to try to create this style of legs for a small side-table that I am building: However I have been running into some trouble trying to work out how to construct it. I've been ...
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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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Framing/edging a chessboard

Had an order come in for an oversized chessboard - each square is about 3 inches. So it's big. The person wanted a maple frame around it, which at first I thought "OK, no big deal", but then I ...
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Fixing cedar pocket hole failure

I built a cedar above ground planter last summer for my mother-in-law, and one of the sides didn’t hold well. I used pocket screws to secure the sides to the posts - but one broke out (pic below)... ...
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Using a jigsaw for joinery

I was wondering about the feasibility of using a jigsaw to cut half lap joints. Is it even possible? How would one go about it? I thought that maybe one could set up a small jig to elevate the jigsaw ...
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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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What is a Duplex and Max #6 Biscuit?

What is a Duplex and Max #6 Biscuit? A Porter-Cable joiner info indicates "seven-position rotating depth stop works for standard #0, #10, #20 as well as Simplex, Duplex, and Max (#6) joinery". It ...
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How can I replicate this joint?

The picture looks like simple miter but how can I make this a strong miter myself?
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Keeping dowels 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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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 Hide Glue suitable for gluing together Wooden Picture Frames?

I would like to Glue together the Mitred ends of some Beechwood, using Hide Glue. My concerns are ... Is Hide Glue strong enough? Does Hide Glue last? Therefore, is there any known instances ...
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Hanger bolts on chair legs keep coming loose

I have a dining room set consisting of a table and 4 chairs. I bought them used, the only indication of brand is a "Made in Taiwan" stamp. I'm under no impression that these are anything fancy, but ...
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How can I join 45 degree mitered boards as legs for a coffee table?

I'm looking to duplicate this look for a wooden coffee table: https://www.scandesign.com/products/porto-coffee-table Any ideas on how I could replicate those coffee table legs other than mortise and ...
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Reinforcing endgrain to long grain joint in thin stock, without visible splines?

I'll be building a small box soon, and one of the things I'll be drawing inspiration from is this photo I found online: I like the leg design of this box a lot, but it occurs to me that this is ...
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What is the best way to cut a through slot in a board?

I want to cut some slots in a 1/2 board that I want to be very clean and square, so I would rather not use a chisel or anything like that. Here is an illustration: What's the best way to go about ...
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How can I secure a depth stop on a mitre saw

I have a Metabo double tilt sliding mitre saw with a depth stop. I've been using the depth stop on the saw and a hand chisel to create lap joints. Although this has not been very successful as the ...
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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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Joining MDF - Pocket holes vs dowels

I will be making my first cabinet out of MDF, taking inspiration from a product I have seen, also made out of MDF. It won't be anything fancy, as you can see from the simple diagram of the join below....
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Perpendicular Hanging Bracket?

I'm building a saddlebag type of kayak rack on my dock walkway where the load-bearing cross beam travels under the walkway (vs on top as saddlebag implies). The walkway stringers are comprised of two ...
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Do pocket hole screws allow for proper expansion and contraction in planked table tops?

I am learning furniture building. I started by building tables using pocket hole screws to attach the planks together and also to attach the table top to the apron/base. I am now converting to using ...
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Is a single dowel strong enough to resist sheer forces on a bed frame?

I am building a new bed for the missus for Christmas. She liked this bed from ikea: The problem is where the headboard connects to the legs. The legs/headboard piece are both 1.5 inches in diameter. ...
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How to cut a variable length wood from 1 piece?

I am aiming to cut a single piece of timber into 2, such that I can dynamically change the length by joining the pieces with screws. This would allow me to use a shorter piece of wood, rather than ...
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What is the correct term for a tool which makes the slightly tapered male part on a stool or table leg?

I rough cut a lot of cedar and elm, and I have decided probably the first thing I can do to make furniture (for now) is to make benches. I looked up a "doweling jig" but that's not what I'm referring ...
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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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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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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 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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Pocket Hole Butt Joint

I'm building a cart to hold my 60 lbs mitre saw. I'm using 3/4" Sande plywood. I plan on building the box using glued, pocket hole butt joints illustrated below. Keep in mind that I do plan on adding ...
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Turned-leg bench: splayed or straight?

I want to build a bench with legs that go through the top that is similar to this: I have two main questions. I am thinking of doing the legs straight up and down for a more minimal, easier ...

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