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Questions tagged [joinery]

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

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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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How can I join two boards at the ends?

I want to join two boards end-to-end, effectively making a longer board. Thus, the glue will be on the end grain of both pieces (highlighted blue.) (Source: self) I know that an end-grain butt joint ...
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How can I flute my own dowel or create dowel with similar properties

Now I know that I can just buy these in packs of hundreds likely but lets play pretend that I need to make some from what I had available. When I think of fluted dowel I picture these guys... Image ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Connecting the MDF corners, so there's no gap

TL;DR How do I connect the MDF sheets on the corners (in left-hand-side picture), so they align nicely, and there's no gap? As you can see in the sketch, the angles are not always multiples of 45 ...
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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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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 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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how can I make a flush box bottom

I am building a silverware box out of walnut and would like to make the bottom (also walnut) sit flush with the sides. Any suggestions...? Was thinking of a dado in sides and rabbet in bottom - sides ...
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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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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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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 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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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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Joining Thin Angled Wood

So I am working on a project that requires me to join multiple thin pieces of wood (10mm in thickness) together to form 45 degree angles (examples below). We would like to avoid brackets as this is a ...
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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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Gluing joints with no clamps

For my first real woodworking project, I'm trying my hand at making an end table. For the tabletop I'm using 1x6 planks with tongue and groove edges. To join the planks, I know that all they need is ...
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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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How to join at an angle?

So I'm building this bookcase. Birthday/wedding present for my middle child. Sides are bamboo (originally supposed to be hotel stair treads) 6' x 11" x 1" Horizontals are African Mahogany. 10.5" x 1" ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 knock down hardware can I use on this platform bed frame?

Basically, I want to be able to make the platform of this bed easy to take apart, because I'd like to be able to easily move it by myself. I'd like knock-down fasteners to be used in a way that the ...
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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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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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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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Is wood-glue enough or should I use extra support?

I am building a 2' x 2' bar table, which will be either supported by a single metal base (like this) or by wooden legs at the corners. For the table-top, I'm planning on using Poplar from Lowe's in ...
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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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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 ...