Questions tagged [joinery]

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

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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 ...
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Fixing an oversized mortise

Any suggestions on fixing this? I cut the mortise about 1/16" too large in both dimensions. :(
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.) ...
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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 &...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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What are the minimum, maximum, and optimal depths for dadoes, grooves, and rabbets?

I kind of assume that dadoes, grooves, rabbets / rebates should be no deeper than half the thickness of the material. So, in 3/4" stock, dadoes should be no deeper than 3/8". Anything deeper would ...
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How to secure these 2 stair handrails together.

Enclosed are pictures of the railing. As you can see I have attempted to use a miter cut to join the 2 railings together. I was also thinking about mitering the other railing so the angled one could ...
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Building a simple table base with these materials?

I recently bought a table top similar to the picture below; it's 22 inches in diameter. I wanted to build a simple table base, similar to the mockup below. For this, I bought three 36-inch 1"x1" ...
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Would threaded rod with a coupling nut suffice as a stretcher?

Consider a fairly common stool such as this: Instead of the wood stretchers between the legs would threaded rod work as a reasonable substitute? I am thinking about using two pieces of threaded rod ...
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Troubleshooting Compound Miters

I'm trying to fit trim on a square post. The trim goes around the base of the post where it meets a stone foundation. The trim is made from a fir 2x6 with the inside face (where it meets the post) ...
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Not-so-obvious disadvantages of butt joints

Having just completed my first woodworking project (a twin-size bed made of 1x poplar and plywood), there are of course many things I would change if I were to do it again. Perhaps one of the more ...
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How to attach a one inch thick table top to two A shaped frames that are two inches thick

I have a nice desk top that is probably pine? that I want to turn into a desk. I bought two A shaped frames at IKEA to attach to the table top. I have no idea how to attach the table top to the frames ...
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Half lap joints with Dremell 231 Shaper/Router Table

I'm trying to make half lap joints using Dremell 231 Shaper/Router Table. I need to cut away 5 mm depth 40x40 mm from a 10 x 40 mm wood rood (450mm length) However, I'm unable to keep a consistent ...
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First two backsaws - what to choose/buy?

I'm a beginner, I've recently taken up woodworking as a hobby. I have a hardpoint tenon saw that I'm just not getting on with. It sticks a lot in the (primarily soft) wood I'm working with. I ...
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Wooden covering of a well

I have no experience in woodworking, and only have a rudimentary equipment, but my well needs a new covering, and it would be nice to have some advice. The parameters (just to have an idea): ...
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Quick corner joints in practice

I'm practicing building drawers, quickly and on the cheap. The drawers I'm making now have sides that are 3" high x 7/16" actual thickness, decent quality birch veneer plywood. I know this is really ...
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Joining 3 wooden cubes with swivel joints

I'm trying to design a fold-down table that is going to be attached to a wall with its legs folded under it when in down position. The problem is -- there is less space under the table top than is ...
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Can miter lock joints be made without a routing table?

I'm planning to build a structure of about 1.2m x 1m x 0.5m (specifically it's a 1:6 doll house) in 12mm (half-inch) ply and don't want to use internal square-section to support the corners, because ...
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“T-slot joint” or “cam nut”- style plywood to the wall connection

I'm making a corner shelf for spare toilet paper rolls from 6.5 mm laminated plywood. I'm going to order CNC cutting of the shelf. I want to go some fancier way than just screwing l-brackets to the ...
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Affixing a dowel to the bottom of a piece of board

I'm creating a desk from a file cabinet with a piece of wood atop it. I want to place a 1.25" dowel on the left side so that it is more stable, but I don't think running a screw through the top will ...
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Joint in curtain rods

How can I secure joint in wooden curtain rod to make sure it does not give way because of heavy curtains. We already have a bracket in the middle and one at each end. Many thanks
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Is this bunk bed design feasible? [duplicate]

This is my first plan and it is supposed to be a bunk bed for two kids. The lower mattress (120 x 160cm) is at the floor level. The frame material is 70x70mm pine. The tall pillars extend till the ...
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Make a table top using pocket holes?

I want to make a table top from some oak planks that I have. The oak is about 1" x 6" x 8' each. Is using pocket holes and glue an appropriate method for edge-joining the planks together to make the ...
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What are some good ways to fasten beams to posts for a swing?

What would be a smart and solid way to fasten the beams to the posts in this image. The beams will have swings for 2-3 adults hanging down from them. The posts and the beams are 4" x 4" (95mm) pine ...
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How to join short boards to make a longer panel

I'm pretty familiar with edge joining boards of the same width to make a panel (for a table top, cabinet door, or whatever) but I've never done a project where I also need to end join short boards, ...
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Should breadboard ends be quarter sawn or plain sawn?

If I use quarter sawn boards for the breadboard ends, the battens are stable but weaker. If I use plain sawn boards, the battens are stronger but are themselves at risk of cupping. Would one always ...
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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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What join to use to join 2X4s for a pedestal

What join to use to join four 2X4 wood pieces together for a pedestal as in the picture? Here is what is going on in my mind. Need some help. Just glue them together - would not be strong.. Cut a ...
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Mortise and Tenon for shed wall framing

I'm wanting to know if using M&T joint on wall framing (for an outside shed) is a bad idea and or dangerous. I have a deck that I'm in the middle of tearing down, and I'm wanting to recycle the ...
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What are my options when laminating wood with butt joints?

I plan on starting to laminate soon. I was hoping to just do long pieces with each piece of wood would be as long as the the entire work. However, after looking at my stock, In order to get the best ...
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How to determine the location of joinery fasteners

I am wondering if there is any guideline for using fasteners (screws, dado and biscuit) for joinery. Specifically, I am wondering about how to determine where those fasteners are located in the 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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8 to 12 mm plywood box joints: brackets vs glue(box joint) vs screws

There's very similar question, but there're no answers for my specifics. I'm going to build few open-top boxes to be used mostly as a bench to seat 2 grown-ups, with ability to also carry things in ...
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Is making a breadboard table top using just pocket joinery asking for future problems?

I like pocket holes as it is a simple and easy method of joinery. I ran into plans for a farmhouse table that is nearly solely built with pocket holes. The following is the step where the table top is ...
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Mortise and tenon joint proportions for 3 wooden beams corner

I'm designing a cabinet with drawers and I would like to use 60mm (roughly 2 and 3/8") wide beams for the frame. The frame with one side panel visible looks like that: I would like to use mortise and ...
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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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cutting a circle wider on top than the bottom

I want to recreate something I did at college, namely, a circular plug which I can replace with a different wood. I cannot work out how to get the angle of the saw to make the plug wedge shaped to fit ...
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Glue joint bit, recommended?

I was wondering if I should get a glue joint router bit to make the glue joints. It would make it stay in place better and stronger right? What would you all think about that? All input is greatly ...
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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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How to attach steel strip to OSB board

I'm going to reinforce a 2.2m span of shelf made out of 18mm OSB bord with two 60*4 mm steel strips running underneath the board. The shelf will be 1m deep front-to-back and carry a 100-kg load (...
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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 ...