Questions tagged [joinery]

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

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
1
vote
2answers
1k views

What type of bed rails connectors make the best connection (the most rigid)

I'm building a cherry mission style bed and need to pick out bed rail hardware. I want to make sure the bed is very rigid. There are a number of bed rail connector styles and I want to buy some high ...
2
votes
1answer
285 views

Questions around designing and building an indoor climbing frame

As the winter is coming, we're planning with my wife to build a simple, indoor climbing frame for our small children and ourselves. We're also thinking of doing it ourselves as we can't afford to pay ...
1
vote
3answers
2k views

PVA wood glue grades and usage

I've recently looked up some info on PVA wood glue and found the following: http://www.constructionchemicals.co.uk/blog/2015/07/13/what-are-d1-d2-d3-d4-adhesives/ These gradings are part of the ...
2
votes
3answers
2k views

I calculated the recommended number of clamps required for my table top and the answer seems insane

According to the article in fine woodworking on gluing up joints: The formula for number of clamps required is (square inches of glued joint x PSI for the wood in question) divided by PSI of the ...
1
vote
1answer
93 views

How to create a coped casing joint

I'm looking to replicate the below image. I originally thought this was a jack miter but I was wrong. Please help! I know I'm being needy on this task but I'm 2 weeks at this and I'm still stuck. :( ...
1
vote
2answers
346 views

How should I affix and refinforce these butt joints?

I'm making a shoe bench in a similar style to the Nelson Platform Bench. Not that there aren't other differences in my design but the "real thing" has mitre-joined legs. I went with a butt joint, all ...
0
votes
1answer
106 views

What kind of finish does this need to be weatherproof/durable?

I'm not sure what type of wood this is, only that a Star Jasmine is responsible for killing the tree this branch came from. If I can prepare this without you needing to know the wood type, what sorts ...
4
votes
2answers
8k views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
4k views

Wide breadboard tenon length?

I'm getting ready to attach breadboard ends to my table top. The top and ends are cut from 9.5" x 1.5" red oak. Purely for aesthetic reasons, the breadboards will also be 9.5" wide (or deep, rather). ...
5
votes
1answer
284 views

Joint recommendation?

(Yes, I'm building the ubiquitous farmhouse table. I blame the wife.) What sort of joint would y'all recommend for this? These are 4x4s. The angled piece is about 36" long on each side, so about 46 ...
5
votes
3answers
16k views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
234 views

joinery terminolgy for posts in apple boxes / crates

Is there a specific name for the vertical posts with triangular cross-section used to join together the sides of traditionally made apple boxes / crates? or are these just called something fairly ...
1
vote
2answers
420 views

Compensating Rabbet or dado in warped plywood

I'm building some 3x3x16" long L brackets out of 3/4" plywood. I'm planning on using a simple butt joint with a single rabbet and screws to attach the two pieces together. The strips are all bowed/...
3
votes
1answer
358 views

Is there a better way to join these two boards for a platform bed?

I'm pretty sure I have a good idea of what I'll be doing for the rest of the bed. For those curious. I'm wanting to make my own version of the DWR American Modern bed. The two boards in question are ...
8
votes
3answers
3k views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
756 views

How to build a window frame with hand tools?

I'm interested in the process of building a traditional 1920s America window frame with only hand tools and was wondering if someone could explain the basic process by which the pieces are cut, joined,...
2
votes
1answer
7k views

Best way to join dowel rod perpendicular to board face?

I am working on a project that requires securely fastening a 1-1/4" x 48" closet dowel rod into 1" side boards at 90 degrees. Is there a good way to fix these large diameter dowel rods into the board ...
2
votes
2answers
186 views

Why don't my corners read square?

If my table saw fence is set at 15 1/2 inches and I cut a 3/4 inches piece of plywood first one way then the other, why won't the corners register as square? The measurements are right down both sides....
1
vote
1answer
196 views

Why do screws usually work well without clearance holes?

Why do screws so often work even without a clearance hole? It seems like in theory, the screw should always push the joint apart (bridging). But in my experience, screws more often seem to tighten the ...
3
votes
3answers
13k views

Best way to join pieces of L shaped desktop

I am building an L shaped office desk from pipe, structural fittings. The top will be in two pieces cut from a 4x8 sheet of Baltic birch plywood. I'd like the desk, including the top, to be ...
1
vote
3answers
2k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
591 views

Does the waterfall side of my table design have a strong joint?

Is the waterfall side of my table design joined in a stable way to the top and frame? Plan is a hidden spline at the miter joint, and dowel to the frame. Shown as brown in the images linked. First ...
4
votes
2answers
166 views

How thin can a large dovetail tail be?

I'm building a small (12"D x 24"W) workbench for doing woodwork in my apartment. I want to dovetail the legs to the top, but the tail on the end will be about 1/2" wide on the narrower end. Is this ...
1
vote
4answers
614 views

Dealing with wood movement when attaching a wide panel to a curved leg

I am working on building a headboard with a 10" wide panel that attaches to a curved leg. I am concerned that the panel will be restricted from moving due to the curve of the leg or create a gap ...
1
vote
3answers
5k views

How to fill gaps in mirror frame corners?

I made a mirror frame and even though tried to adjust the saw at the right angle, the corners still have gaps in them. What's a good way to fill those: caulking or filler? Before or after hanging (I'...
3
votes
1answer
839 views

Safe thickness for sliding dovetail in shelf

I am at the last cuts for a shelf which my wife asked for. The whole thing is made out of cherry. The shelf top is 7/8 inch thick. The supporting brackets which are mounted to the wall studs are ...
1
vote
1answer
3k views

Tips for Jointing Reclaimed Barnwood Table Top

Finally broke down and decided to give this current fad a try. For anyone that is experienced in working with reclaimed wood, do you have any tips for edge jointing and getting a decently flat top? I ...
5
votes
1answer
1k views

How to cut and join "wedges" of plywood to form a perfect circle

My wife wants a new dining room table -- a round one of about 4.5' in diameter. I am constructing it out of rift sawn white oak. I will be using 3/4" ply for the table top (MDF core) and then ...
1
vote
1answer
249 views

Toenail or Toescrew a beam to a sill?

This project calls for toenailing the beams to the sills (see diagram). Would a screw work or is a nail better at these locations?
1
vote
2answers
725 views

What is so great with biscuit joinery?

So at school we are doing a bunch of different joints and biscuit was one of them. But as I was working I came down with the question of what makes them so good. There are other joints that I think ...
3
votes
2answers
2k views

Strength of doweled miter joint

I am looking to build a TV stand like this: but I have been trying to find a way to hide the end grain. I found this stand on Crate & Barrel with dovetail joints, but I am not nearly skilled ...
6
votes
1answer
740 views

What is this plywood joining mechanism and hardware for knock-down furniture?

Just came across a plywood joint mechanism, which I found very interesting as new woodworker. Basically I don't know what it is called and can't find any in our local market. I am attaching the photos ...
5
votes
1answer
530 views

Joining two flat legs of stool

I am practicing dovetails and so I have made various stools of differing sizes consisting of three pieces of rectangular wood: one for the seat and two for the legs, being joined with dovetails. I ...
3
votes
2answers
6k views

What joint should I use for this 45 degree angled brace?

What joint should I use for this 45-degree piece? It provides lateral support to a table leg, and there are two (one on each side of the upright piece in the picture). The bottom is a 3-way mortise ...
4
votes
3answers
845 views

What is the name of the joint used in these lattice designs?

I am looking for a way to join 3 pieces of wood that would intersect each other. This is the project I am working on : Example of joint : This is the japanese cidori joint system. Though, I don'...
4
votes
3answers
304 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
283 views

Adding weight to Veritas dovetail saw

I am trying to learn dovetails. My first/second/third show slow improvement but I still have a lot of progress left. The most difficult part for me is starting the cut since the saw tends to want to ...
4
votes
1answer
2k views

Fixing an oversized mortise

Any suggestions on fixing this? I cut the mortise about 1/16" too large in both dimensions. :(
4
votes
1answer
1k views

Tenon dimensions and orientation

I'm joining 4x4's in a tee with a mortise & tenon, and am not sure what the dimensions should be. Everywhere I've looked has either contradictory or nonsensical information, so I thought I'd add ...
5
votes
3answers
4k views

Do I need to worry about expansion and shrinkage for my table top with wood joined at 45 degree angles?

Sorry if I'm not using correct terms here, I'm kind of new to woodworking (this also means this might be a duplicate question and I didn't know how to search for it). My dad and I are going to do my ...
1
vote
1answer
877 views

How do I cut a blind half-lap T-joint?

(Apologies if this has been answered before. This probably has a really obvious answer.) I need to connect two 4x4s in a "T". (These are one leg and a center / longitudinal support for a long table.) ...
8
votes
2answers
215 views

How to get better at fitting joints and "seeing" bruises?

I'm a beginner. I'm concentrating on hand-tool joinery for now. I've watched a lot of YouTube videos, trying to learn joinery. For the purposes of this question I'm most interested in mortice &...
5
votes
1answer
557 views

Frame and panel glue up

I'm building frame and panel sides for a cabinet, which I've never done before, and had a question about the glue up. I'm use mortise and tenons to make the frame and the panel will be floating inside ...
2
votes
1answer
553 views

How do I join wood in an A frame for a beginner?

I've been asked to build a small swing set frame for a baby's swing. It will be a couple feet tall by a couple feet wide and will use 1x2 minimum lumber in an A frame shape. I have never worked with ...
2
votes
3answers
999 views

What is the weight limit for shaker pegs?

I am looking to build a simple wood coat rack and would like to utilize shaker pegs to hold the coats. I am a bit concerned with the strength of the individual pegs, especially during the winters (i ...
5
votes
2answers
441 views

Panel Glue up Question

I apologize for this elementary question, but I'm just getting started with woodworking. I'm working on my first panel glue up - made of 1x6 walnut. I'm wondering how "square" the edges of the planks ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

Replacing top on particleboard desk with solid wood - allow for movement? Bad idea?

I have a (now-discontinued) Jonas desk from Ikea that is several years old: The desktop has gotten kind of worn and is a little small for my current needs, so I've been considering replacing it with ...
9
votes
1answer
22k views

Substitute for Pocket Hole Jig?

Pocket Hole jig is really expensive for me and I don't plan to buy one right away. So, as a newbie I was searching for any alternative. I have seen many videos and stuff over the net but as a fresher ...
1
vote
1answer
121 views

This was my first attempt to making a coffee table. I have some issues where stain didnt take

Pine wood, miniwax pre conditioner, Miniwax honey stain This has not been poly'd yet. At this stage, I made sure I wad pretty careful and sanded really well. I also made sure that glue was ...
4
votes
3answers
584 views

How do I cut this corner joint?

I'm not sure what this joint is even called, but I saw it on a youtube.com video where the guy was showing old joinery that isn't used much any more. I'm including a rough drawing I did of what it ...

1 2 3
4
5
7