Questions tagged [joinery]

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

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
18
votes
5answers
5k views

How do experts make dovetails by hand that fit so well?

I keep coming across various YouTube videos of experts making dovetail joinery by hand, and they get tolerances of the 1/16" of an inch or less. What I don't understand is how they get such accuracy ...
5
votes
1answer
847 views

What joining methods would be best for the legs and other areas of a height adjustable desk?

I am working on building my first piece of furniture. I decided to go a bit big and went with a height adjustable desk. I have the linear actuators and the electronics figured out. Today I purchased ...
5
votes
3answers
732 views

Finger Joints on a 2x10

I am remodeling my kids sandbox and shrinking it from 12'x 8' to 8'x8' square. It is approximately 25" in depth. I will be using two "boxes" on top of each other made of redwood 2x10s. I am wondering ...
1
vote
1answer
390 views

What is a hardware attachment for dowel rods that allow for running wire through the ends?

I made this tensegrity cube using dowel rods and eye screws. The eye screws were hard to install and didn't work well due to twisting and coming loose. I'm imagining a cap like hardware for dowels ...
6
votes
1answer
3k views

What is the maximum width for a full cross grain glue up?

I realize that every wood species expands and contracts slightly differently, but in general at what width should I consider using a floating breadboard edge detail rather than a full glue-up for ...
0
votes
1answer
387 views

What is this mystery bamboo joinery on this bamboo bike frame?

I've seen twine and fiberglass used for bamboo joinery. But... What is this mystery bamboo joinery on this bamboo bike frame(s)?
2
votes
1answer
573 views

What are the limitations of a pocket hole jig? [closed]

My tendency is to grab a pocket hole jig for everything. But I'm sure it's not always the best choice. What are the limitations of a pocket hole jig?
5
votes
2answers
1k views

Removing silicone lubricant spray from painted timber finished with water-based paint

I make windows and doors, and a great way to make sure that they open and close smoothly is to use silicone lubricant spray on the rubber weatherseals. While silicone lube is fine to use on painted ...
7
votes
3answers
3k views

Mounting the top for a new workbench

I am planning a new workbench and have a bit of a dilemma. While many home shops I have seen on youtube videos utilize the garage (think of all those displaced, cold cars), I have seized our home's ...
5
votes
1answer
276 views

Creating a speaker stand using only joins

I want to create a bookshelf speaker stand but use only joins (no nails, no glue). I want to be able to disassemble the stand and re-assemble it. I don't have many power tools and plan to cut joins ...
5
votes
3answers
1k views

How should I cut a sheet of plywood for easy re-joining?

I have 2 sheets of plywood approx 6ft x 18" x 3/4" and my plan is to use them as bench tops in a shed. I need to cut them cross ways so they fit in my car for transportation. What is the best way to ...
5
votes
4answers
861 views

Joining an irregular, detachable modesty panel together and to an irregular shaped desk

I've built an irregularly-shaped desk with irregular, five-sided cabinets. It now needs a modesty panel, but because of the unique angles and circumstances, I'm stumped as to how to attach such a ...
7
votes
4answers
763 views

What is the recommended way to mortise melamine particleboard?

I need to cut square holes in some double sided melamine particleboard 3/4 inch thick. Can I use a hollow chisel mortise (drill press style) to make these holes? I could just experiment with this ...
5
votes
1answer
476 views

How do I prevent the rungs of my loft bed from moving slightly in their join with the legs?

I have a fully-assembled loft bed from softwood, in use for about of year, that has head and footboards of this design: There are 4 rungs on the foot and 5 on the head; the legs are each 85". The ...
8
votes
4answers
2k views

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 ...
6
votes
4answers
4k views

Build a grid out of vertical, thin wood bars

I want to create a grid out of thin wood bars (slats?), where the slats cross each other on the smaller side, like in this sketch: I would install LEDs in this grid, so it doesn't need to carry any ...
3
votes
3answers
1k views

Can a Biscuit Joiner Make T-joints?

My latest tool acquisition is a biscuit joiner, just ordered it (I am really just an amateur builder, would not call myself a wood working enthusiast). I have used a friend's before for some rather ...
8
votes
4answers
2k views

Joining partially-overlapping boards into panel

A few times, I have seen partially-overlapping horizontal boards, creating a larger panel. For example, I've seen this done on the walls of some wooden houses. I would like to know if there is a joint ...
9
votes
3answers
1k views

Does this butt joint with a beveled profile have a name?

I am trying to come up with a joint that I can use for a frame that will have beveled inside corners, where I can cut the bevels cleanly on my router, and that isn't a miter (I don't want the 45 ...
7
votes
2answers
25k views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
4k views

Will these table legs support this table?

Will these table legs be able to support this table design or will they need additional supporting features? I'm specifically talking about the structural integrity of the legs, seeing as how they are ...
8
votes
2answers
1k views

Corner butt joint, longer top or longer sides?

When making butt joints for corners, say, for small little cabinets to hang on a wall (think medicine cabinet), structurally is there any difference between longer tops and longer sides (I'm using ...
6
votes
2answers
9k views

What is the strongest join for splayed legs?

I intend to make a splayed leg dining room table similar to the ones in these images: Because dining room tables typically support a good deal of weight, I'm concerned about the amount of stress ...
6
votes
1answer
432 views

Make a bunk bed v2

I decided to make a bunk bed for my room as it is small and I need a desk. I made a first design in this thread Make a bunk bed But I realised that all the strength would be on the angle brackets ...
5
votes
3answers
1k views

Tips for planing huge panels of joined wood

Somewhat akin to the purpose behind this question (Recommendation for manual planing and sanding), I am seeking advice from some experts that would help a hobbyist such as myself trying to manufacture ...
11
votes
2answers
1k views

How to make a good joint by hand planing both edges at the same time?

In this comment on this question on jointing without a jointer it was stated that: there's a trick where, if you plane two edges at once, they'll fit together even if they aren't perfectly square ...
6
votes
1answer
913 views

How to setup joint proportions?

I am a brand new woodworker and I would like to know how to setup joint proportions correctly. I've watched many videos on various joint techniques, but most won't teach you about the proper ...
12
votes
1answer
6k views

When it comes to dovetails what is the significance of 1:6,1:7,1:8

I've been watching and reading about dovetails and you see workers put certain angle on their tails and pins. These angles can be decribed with number sets such as 1:6, 1:8 and other examples. Router ...
4
votes
3answers
848 views

Best knockdown loft bedbjoint

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 ...
6
votes
3answers
2k views

Joints for a 3/4in-thick pentagon

I'm attempting to create a pentagon from 3/4in-thick pine boards, which will become part of a slightly odd shelving unit. Of the five angles, two are 90 degrees and I'm planning to use dowels and glue ...
5
votes
3answers
2k views

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 (...
11
votes
3answers
9k views

Joining corners in a loft bed

I'm making a loft bed, and would like to know if the way I plan to join the corners will be sufficiently strong to hold up say 120kg in the second floor. The loft bed is 1920 x 896 x 2330 and I'm ...
3
votes
0answers
106 views

What type of wooden joint to use connecting three wooden beams [duplicate]

I'm making a wooden frame (for a loft) and would like to make that without using any angles or fittings. /------------- / | /| ?-------------/ | | |__________|_| | / ...
11
votes
1answer
14k views

How does one properly mount a breadboard end?

Given the below design which really violates the mechanical use for a breadboard, assuming that I were otherwise building a farmhouse table with pocket screws, what would be the appropriate way to ...
6
votes
1answer
3k views

Can I glue OSB to plywood?

I am planning to build a workbench and want to use layered plywood for the bench top. To keep costs down, I am considering using 3/4" OSB for the base and glueing 1/4" plywood on top instead of ...
17
votes
4answers
3k views

What is the simplest joint for a non-experienced woodworker to start with?

I would like to start designing some boxes based on an idea that I have. But I've never worked with wood before and I have no woodworking tools so I would need to purchase whatever tools are required. ...
16
votes
5answers
2k views

What am I doing wrong when making lap joints with my stacked dado set?

I'm trying to cut some lap joints on a table saw using my stacked dado set. But the depth of the cut is inconsistent from pass to pass. Here's a picture of what I'm getting: It seems like I'm ...
9
votes
1answer
1k views

What's the best way to widen a butcherblock countertop?

I'm very handy in general, but I'm new to wood working. We're installing butcher block countertop. we've pre-ordered sections that are 8' x 25" x 1.5" thick. I've done tons of research, and I'm ...
9
votes
3answers
2k views

Is it sensible to use a router for cutting large dados?

I'm working on some landscaping projects with interlocking halved joints. The material is 100x50mm treated pine so my cuts are 50x50mm. I'm currently achieving my cuts by clamping several lengths ...
8
votes
3answers
2k views

How should I orient a spline along a long edge join?

I glued up a 4' long dresser top last night, and ended up using a 1/4" spline to line up the two 12" wide sub-panels into one 24" wide one. I was using pine quarter-sawn boards, and for the spline I ...
13
votes
4answers
5k views

What are some best practices and techniques for building cabinet boxes with plywood?

I often find myself wanting to build plywood boxes of various sizes for various uses. I realize that the size and use can dictate how to construct the box, but are there some general recommendations ...
11
votes
1answer
895 views

Why would someone cut a miter in a tenon?

In the May 2015 issue of WOOD Magazine, on page 50 there is a plan for a Woven-Seat bench. In the diagram (which I can't seem to find online, it may be copyright content) the short and long rails ...
8
votes
1answer
5k views

What is the name of the hardware used in these MDF joints?

I want to build a cabinet with MDF boards like the ones I see at work. They are using some kind of hardware but I'm not able to find any instructions on how it works and I don't know what its name is. ...
19
votes
3answers
3k views

Perfect miters every time

I'm using a table saw to make picture frames with mitered corners. It turns out that even tiny inaccuracies in the miter angle or the lengths of the frame pieces cause gaps that make a frame look ...
14
votes
7answers
23k views

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 ...
14
votes
2answers
10k views

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 ...
5
votes
5answers
781 views

Is there a reason not to glue a wooden bolt into its threads?

I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of my new tapping set from Beall and one of the uses I was thinking about was creating a mallet--turn a head and then tap a hole and screw in a wooden handle (I have ...
13
votes
2answers
4k views

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?
9
votes
2answers
7k views

How thick do slabs need to be in a slab bench?

My cousin's fiancee is looking to build a bench for their kitchen. From his description, it sounds like what I would call a "slab bench." Just three thick slabs of wood, two for legs and one long one (...
7
votes
3answers
7k views

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 ...