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What are the advantages of coping a joint vs. mitering?

The obvious positive answer with mitered joints is 'speed'. You set the miter to the correct angle (generally 45 degrees for most corners, and cut. And in theory you put them both in the corner and ...
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Doweled miter joint vs doweled butt joint

As far as I know, there really isn't much difference in strength in either case. Aesthetics are the big decision. Which, leaves the simplest is to just use screws (or nails) for the butt joints. You ...
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Pocket Hole Butt Joint

Your initial thinking is correct. You're much better loading the sides directly than transferring the load through a joint in a shearing manner. The first method of construction is more typical in ...
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How to make a stronger butt joint where two panels meet

I'm thinking that it would be better to strengthen it in some way You likely don't need this to be any stronger than the glue-only joint, if you do it right. Think of the stresses this is put under ...
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What is it called when you use screws with a butt joint?

In that particular video, the guy is working with particle board. There is no grain structure in particle board (or MDF for that matter), so there really isn't a 'good' way to make a butt joint. The ...
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Reinforce glued butt joints?

Yes you should reinforce because you probably did not glue perfectly so your joints won't be 100%. Storage furniture may be moved when full and heavy, pulling on all corner joints, so it is good to ...
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Edge joint failure - what is the cause?

Professional woodworker here. I have to admit when I first answered this, I was thinking about face to face wood joints (rather than end to face) so most of this answer is talking about that BUT a lot ...
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How to create a coped casing joint

Scribe, saw and pare until you get a good fit, fix in place. It really is about as simple as that. Remember the tight fit only has to be right at the edge, it can be undercut away from the edge and ...
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Pocket holes vs screwed butt joint

Graphus mentioned the strength of the joint as being one major issue. If it's strong enough, it's fine, but pocket holes are not for every joint. Casework is a good example of where they shine (...
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Is gluing a long butt joint risky?

The top board will expand left to right, but not significantly in the relatively small area of the glue joint itself. The bottom board will expand up and down, but not significantly in thickness. You ...
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Mitered Corner with Glue and Pins vs Butt Joint with Glue and Pocket Holes

The second, by a substantial margin. The claims of strength from purveyors of pocket-screw jigs have been tested by many woodworkers, including numerous pros (e.g. Bob Van Dyke of the Connecticut ...
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Difference in tongue and groove router bits

Short Answer I like @Graphus' comment where he/she states that Set B is mainly intended as shown in the image, for attaching solid-wood trim to the front edge of plywood or other manmade boards. ...
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What is it called when you use screws with a butt joint?

A pocket drill jig will allow you to drill holes at an angle to board 2 into board 2 and engaging board 1. The jig guides the drill into the work, which would otherwise skip off due to the extreme ...
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Edge joint failure - what is the cause?

Since the joint is pulling apart where it should be tightest it seems unlikely to me that the concavity is causing the problem. Rather, it seems that I might be making the concavity too subtle. ...
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How to fasten a 2x4 to a 4x4 and a floor that is 1" made of plywood

If you go to your local big box home center, they have metal brackets with which you can attach 2x4s and 4x4s in almost any configuration you can imagine. I used some of them several years ago to ...
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How to fasten a 2x4 to a 4x4 and a floor that is 1" made of plywood

For something that could be disassembled and reassembled each year, I would give strong consideration to carriage bolts. A single carriage bolt could serve for both braces where they meet the upright....
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How can I evenly distribute small boards of lumber to make a bigger board?

Edge gluing is a very popular way to get big panels without needing very wide lumber (which usually comes at a premium price). Your calculations are correct, in that you will need 7 1x4 boards to ...
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Strengthening plant stand butt joints

If you use pocket screws for all the major joints here you don't have to have any particular worries about strength, they are very very strong if everything is done right1. Since this will see ...
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Butt joints on both sides on the same piece of wood

I think a much more common approach would be to make the upper cabinet a stand-alone unit with its own bottom. Then, when you assemble the two units, you'd use short screws driven up through the top ...
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Pocket holes vs screwed butt joint

Pocket screws are a popular method because you are fastening long-grain to long-grain. This is the strongest combination possible. If pocket holes don’t fit your needs, the long grain bond can be ...
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How to Joint a board

The question is, just exactly what is included in your "router with a set of bits". If you have a bit which is longer than your boards are thick, you can use this to do the job. Start by getting a ...
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90 degree butt Versus Pocket screws for cabinet with legs

You mention that the bottom is plywood, which leads me to think that the sides are plywood also. It is never a good idea to drive screws into the edge of plywood. Not even if the joint is not ...
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How can I evenly distribute small boards of lumber to make a bigger board?

The first thing you will need for this project is a lot of bar clamps capable of spanning the width of the finish panel (29 5/8"). You should plan on clamping the width of the panel at least every 24" ...
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How can I evenly distribute small boards of lumber to make a bigger board?

I don't quite understand how you're getting from 24 1/2" to 29 5/8", but... Typically when you're gluing up large, thin panels (and at 3/4" thick, 1x stock would be considered thin in a piece this ...
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How should I affix and refinforce these butt joints?

It's likely you can dispense with any reinforcement here and achieve strong enough joints. It's even possible that if this piece were subject to much greater stress you could use glue only. As ...
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How should I affix and refinforce these butt joints?

Although mortise and tenons would be better for strength, I would say glue and pocket screws would be OK. As you say, most of the load is vertical (I just did the trig, it's actually 99.6% of the ...
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