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4-way foldable X joint

I'm trying to design a 4-way X-shaped foldable joint. Something that is 4-legged and connects at the middle, but can also be folded up into a straight object. Is this possible? What would be the name ...
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Large Half Lap Joints For "L" Shelving

Fairly new to woodworking and building some pantry shelves that go on two walls, forming an 'L.' See pictures below. My question is what is the best way to rout these fairly large half laps? The half ...
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Joints for 105 degree angle?

I am making a dodecagon (12-sided) garden planter. The 12 pieces are LHW 100mm x 63mm x 38mm. The angle of each is 105° I'm looking for suggestions on what joint I can use.
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Chair repair advice

I have a vintage Rock'n'Rest chair that has met with an unfortunate perch...a family member sat on the arm and now one of the rear joints is loose. It is a mortise & tenon joint and it all appears ...
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Painting a half lap/notch joint

I am building a loft bed, the post (4x4) will have a notch/lap joint at one end which will have a beam sitting in it. Wood will be pine or white wood. The furniture will be painted white (semi-gloss)...
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How to fasten, temporarily, panels at an obtuse angle?

I want to make panels to place around trees to protect them from deer. I'd like to make the panels modular so I can assemble 3 of them in a triangle for a small tree, 4 in a square for a bigger tree, ...
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Bookshelf joints

Anyone familiar with this type joint? Looking to build something similar but worried it will be very wobbly. https://areastore.com/en/products/86375-krisel-estante
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Can you separate a biscuit wood joint?

I have a two person desk that was made years ago from 16mm wood, PG bison boards. The top is a 32mm top. It is attached to the legs and mid-section with biscuits where wood glue was applied and the ...
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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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What are some techniques for jointing boards using a router table?

I've seen suggestions to us a router to joint edges of boards, and some answers here that mention it, but I don't seem to be able to get the necessary precision using a router and table. I've tried ...
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What glue suits restoring this old (French?) chair?

I have this old chair, French I believe, for a restoration project. It's a bit rickety so I'd like to take it apart, clean up the dowels and glue surfaces and re-glue before upholstering. The original ...
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Difference between commercial joinery dowels and smooth dowels

I've been looking into using dowels for joints in a project of mine. As I've lead a sheltered life, I have pretty much only seen dowels in this "ribbed" style. However, as I'm planning to ...
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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 to separate wood I glued together

I have a cabinet door that broke along one full side at the joint. I glued the joint back together last night, but this morning realized I didn't clamp it to pull the joint in all the way flush (I don'...
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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 is the name of this simple joint?

There's a picture below but I'll try to describe it as well. Where two pieces of wood cross over and touch face to face. They are fastened with glue, nails, etc. One piece may overlap the other (see ...
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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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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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Dowel joint between 3/4"x4"x3' pine wood board and 3/4"x4"x36" acrylic panel

New to the forum and need advice. I need to join existing pieces of pine 3/4" x 4" x 24" and/or 2" x 2" x 54" pine leg (3 dowel holes provided by wood supplier) with a 3/...
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How to decide what joints to use for a frame of a play wagon

I'm a complete newbie to woodworking. I do have a small Craftsman table saw, a miter saw, jig saw, circular saw, and various drills and a hand router. My nine-year-old daughter to build this wagon ...
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Half-lap joints for day-bed build?

I'm building a 30"x80" daybed with a simple rectangular structure for the frame. I plan to use 2x6 pine cut to length for the frame. Please do not try to talk me out of the pine, I already ...
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Good joints for a floor to ceiling cat tree?

I'm going to make a all-wood floor to ceiling cat tree,which looks like this or so And here comes the problem The commercial ones use pine to make the base and pads, but the pillar is often made of ...
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Screws vs. Pocket Holes vs. Traditional Joinery

I have been looking at many websites for woodworking and while I have been an advocate for "proper" woodworking as my late father who was a bench-joiner professed, I have seen many profess ...
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Pocket Hole Butt Joint

I'm building a cart to hold my 60 lbs mitre saw. I'm using 3/4" Sande plywood. I plan on building the box using glued, pocket hole butt joints illustrated below. Keep in mind that I do plan on adding ...
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Outdoor gate build - should I treat cut surfaces (half-lap joints) before gluing together?

New to woodworking and doing first project which is a garden gate. I am using pressurized 2x4 timber for the frame. To join the vertical and horizontal timbers together, I am using the half-lap joint (...
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What is this rotating joint called? Where can I find one?

This round plastic object is inserted horizontally in the wood socket, then rotated and allows tightening the screw to fix together two pieces of my bed. What is this hardware called? Can a ...
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Do modern glues make dovetails obsolete?

I am a novice woodworker. I have been told that modern glues are so strong that they make a bond which is stronger than the wood itself, and consequently complex interlocking joints are, in many cases,...
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Best way to scab joists for bridge

I'm building a bridge across a ditch in my nephews front yard. Shown here is an elevation of one of the four joists that will support 2 x 6 redwood treads, width of 5.5'. To achieve the curve, I will ...
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