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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Wood chair: Cutting out back post vs (domino) tenons

I would like to build several outdoor teak chairs, similar to this one https://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/larnaca-outdoor-dining-side-chair/?pkey=s~larnaca~70&sbkey=williams-sonoma-home ...
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Is glue the best permanent join?

My understanding of modern wood glue is that, if the proper glue is used and wood surfaces are properly prepared, it will form a bond stronger than the wood itself. Is this true? If not what are the ...
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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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Best knockdown joint for loft bed?

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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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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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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What are the advantages of coping a joint vs. mitering?

I've generally mitered joints and very rarely coped them in trim or molding, and have been able to achieve an appearance I was satisfied with. But "traditionally," coped joints seem to have ...
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How might a tabletop be joined to this kind of frame?

I stumbled across a table here which has a rare view of the underside of the table. Similar designs can be found by searching for: "組子テーブル". Some photos: The table seems to have effectively ...
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Doweled miter joint vs doweled butt joint

I am going to be making a box to store full milk bottles outside. I was going to make a frame using miter joints, as I have a miter saw. However, I didn't think the joint would be strong enough, so I ...
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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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What's a good way to join MDF squares to make a frame-shaped wall decoration?

I have a bunch of 20x20x1.7 cm MDFs, and I'm trying to make a wall decoration that looks like ONE of these: (image from here) ...except my wood pieces are small and thus I need to use many squares to ...
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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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Gluing end-grain

Reading Is glue the best permanent join? and How can I join two boards at the ends? it sounds like the consensus is that gluing end-grain just doesn't work well. As this answer explained, When ...
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How do you make mortise and tenon joints using power tools?

There is already a question about making mortise and tenon joints using hand tools. It would be nice to also catalog the various ways of making mortise and tenon joints using power tools. Wherever a ...
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Fixing a cracked breadboard tabletop

Over a decade ago, my father made a breadboard-style kitchen table for my mother and I have since inherited the table. It was his first (and only) table of that style and so the breadboard joinery ...
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What if a half-lap joint isn't actually "half"?

I'm making half-lap joints in 2x4, but they're not at a 90° angle. Therefore, I need two jigs, one angled 10° from square in each direction. Due to poor planning on my part, I made one jig out of one ...
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What are the different grain directions, and how do they affect joint strength?

What are the differences between edge grain, face grain, and long grain (and why not throw end grain in there while we're at it)? And which of these grain directions results in the strongest glue ...
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How to join miter cuts for picture/sign frame? [duplicate]

I have some 1x2 project boards for making a frame. The frame will hold a painted sign on Masonite. I am uncertain the best method for joining the miter cuts and was hoping for suggestions. Wood glue ...
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How to I stop Ikea SÄLJAN ADILS desk from wobbling?

Hey I've built the ikea desk attached in the video. Basically it's SÄLJAN ADILS which is super affordable and it has 5 legs, 2 to the sides and 1 in the middle. I've made sure it's leveled to the ...
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What's the manual alternative to 1" crown staples in cabinet joints?

My upcoming cabinet carcass calls for 1" crown staples to butt join 1/2" plywood pieces. It's a fast build for garage cabinets. What's a suitable alternative if I don't have a compressor/...
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Strengthened leg miter joint with spline [key]

I'm building a coffee table with legs that are sub-assembled with a miter joint. See photo. The plans call for a Domino or dowels in addition to a spline [edit: key, see link below] for added strength....
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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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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? Are there any known instances the glue starts ...
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Do modern glues make miter lock joints obsolete?

The idea of the miter lock was to be able to create long rectangular tubes of wood that would have strong, perfect joints. The challenge of using miter lock bits was significant though. Adjustment of ...
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Making biscuits cuts by hand

A good answer from my question on joinery talked about using a biscuit joiner. While this is a great idea a biscuit joiner is not in my top 5 of tools to acquire. I do have a variety of, recently ...
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Is gluing a long butt joint risky?

I want to attach two 5'6" red oak boards together as part of a table, both 3" x 0.75" at a 90 degree angle, like this: I was planning on gluing them and adding some pocket screws on ...
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Building a rectangular pyramid

I have made a set of Yahtzee™ dice from a 4x4 post. We have been using a bucket as the 'shaker cup'. I would like to construct a wooden 'cup'. My concept is two use two identical rectangular pyramids, ...
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Dissassembling drawbored mortise and tenon joints

In Chris Schwarz's blue workbench book, he mentions that unglued, drawbored pins can be drilled out of a mortise and tenon joint in case the piece (for example, a heavy bench) needs to be disassembled ...
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When to use dowel/barrel nuts + machine screw VS wood screw + hole?

I'm building a shelf. Not going into the details on that since my question is of general nature: When are barrel nuts + machine screw to prefer over wood screw + hole? And when are screw + hole better?...
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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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Is there a generic reason to mark work with Roman numerals?

Over the weekend I did some basic repairs to a now lone nesting table. It is about a foot and a half by two feet wide if it matters. A leg's dowels had all broken and it was hanging loose. Also ...
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What is the name of this joint?

I'm looking to make a table with a removable panel, which would require a joint something akin to a dovetail joint. My question is, what is this called, and can I buy wood precut with it? I've ...
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Attaching Legs to a Table

I decided to 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 ...
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Dovetails with undermount drawer slides

To practice my dovetails, I decided to make some drawers for my kitchen cabinets. I'm using Blum undermount slides, which requires the drawer to conform to specific specifications, as well as a few ...
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Advice on table joinery

I have some images of a dining table. The table has four legs at the corners. I like the joint of the leg to the table and would like some tips on how this can be done.
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What is a good way to prevent jointed tabletops from bowing when tightening fasteners or the glue sets?

I recently made a tabletop for a rolling tool cart using 2x4's jointed and pocket-screwed. When I set the table upon the cart I noticed a very serious bow, almost like I was starting to make a barrel!...

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