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How to fasten, temporarily, panels at an obtuse angle?

What kind of joinery or hardware would make this possible? Hinges. Specifically, regular old butt hinges with removable pins like you'd use for hanging a door. Attach the mating leaves of each hinge ...
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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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Do modern glues make dovetails obsolete?

Dovetails can be obsolete in the sense they aren’t entirely needed depending on how strong the joint needs to be. Glues can be stronger than the wood in the sense that the surface fibers the glue is ...
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Difference between commercial joinery dowels and smooth dowels

Dowels for joints I think are usually called fluted or grooved. Fluted dowels are usually made of hardwood and the plain dowel you link to is made of pine. Not equal. For the same diameter hardwood is ...
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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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How to separate wood I glued together

This is going to be tricky, since glue joints are stronger than the wood. So be prepared for at least some breakage to occur. If you can get to work immediately there's a chance of working on the glue ...
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Do modern glues make dovetails obsolete?

The simple answer is yes and no. It is true that modern glues are stronger than the wood but only on long grain to long grain joints, dovetail joints are mostly used on long to short grain joints like ...
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Best way to scab joists for bridge

Like you, I have built a great deal, but I am not a structural engineer so my recommendations are more intuitive than definitive. I would recommend extending the length of the scabs as much as ...
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Can you separate a biscuit wood joint?

If it were me, I'd just use a nice trim saw to cut through the joint to separate the top from the legs. You're getting rid of the legs anyway, so what difference does it make if you cut a mm or two ...
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Joints for 105 degree angle?

As noted in comments, you’ve got pretty much endless options. Off the top of my head, here’s a few. 1- no joinery at all… use hoops (like a barrel) to hold everything together. 2- biscuits and glue… ...
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How to fasten, temporarily, panels at an obtuse angle?

As deer barrier, if you want something movable as you've suggested, I'd go to a farm store and get 50" cattle panels (these are welded 1/8" or 6 gauge wire panels, 16' long). Cut them into ...
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Can you separate a biscuit wood joint?

Not being familiar with PG Bison I had to Google it and it appears to be melamine-faced board or one kind or another: MelaWood® is PG Bison's leading brand of decorative melamine faced board (MFB).......
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What are some techniques for jointing boards using a router table?

You can do this using a router table and split fence if the left side is adjusted forward to precisely match the exposure of the router bit. The idea is to provide outfeed support exactly ...
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What glue suits restoring this old (French?) chair?

What glue suits restoring this old (French?) chair? Take your pick. In addition to there being some personal preference involved naturally, different jobs may require specific adhesives. Although ...
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What is the name of this simple joint?

The answer is actually sort of in the wording of the Question, these are a type of overlap joint, sometimes called an overlay joint. Because the pieces of wood don't interlock in any manner it makes ...
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Screws vs. Pocket Holes vs. Traditional Joinery

In addition to the economic factors @jdv mentioned, there's been a change in social norms over the last few decades: People now move very frequently compared to the past, and those moves are often far ...
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Chair repair advice

I'm very much a DIY beginner so any advice would be really appreciated. If you want to keep that chair in good working condition, take it to a professional furniture restorer. It doesn't look like ...
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Design for Disassemblable Corner Joint for Guitar Speaker Chassis

How would you attach those angle irons, with nuts & bolts? Then why not do as suggested in a comment and just screw/bolt the thing together in the first place. To be honest, though, at 9 feet (3 ...
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Can I handle bows and crooks with a hand plane?

Is planing their sides the best way to deal with the crooked boards? In general yes, planing would be fundamental to how one normally prepares boards for glueing up; preparing long edges would be one ...
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Do modern glues make dovetails obsolete?

Not to repeat JustSaying, I would say the answer is no, they are not obsolete. While strength is one component of a joint, esthetic is another. Who doesn't love a good dovetail? It's a detail that ...
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Outdoor gate build - should I treat cut surfaces (half-lap joints) before gluing together?

When using pressure-treated wood for exterior construction treating any cut surfaces is considered good practice, but that's generally for nailed/screwed construction where even inside a joint water ...
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Advice on table joinery

would like some tips on how this can be done. As I mention above in the Comments, this is a typical joint in Chinese furniture (and I think in other Asian furniture traditions as well, although I don'...
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Edge Joining: How flat is flat enough?

You don't say how big gaps are but if they are small edges are already very close to straight so it is easy to improve them by planing. Hold 2 boards together edge to edge to find high areas, mark ...
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Screws vs. Pocket Holes vs. Traditional Joinery

I think that there is a huge 'it depends' in the question. The dependence is based upon 4 things: The nature of forces on the joint (lateral vs. compression vs. expansion) Time Expectation - The ...
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Large Half Lap Joints For "L" Shelving

a) Just rout from the outside in. You should always have space for at least half your router base. You can obviously only take one pass as you are taking away the wood the router should sit on. But if ...
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Painting a half lap/notch joint

Paint the beam and post all over then attach the two. This will have two painted surfaces touching anywhere there is contact. On the plus side there will be no exposed bare wood anywhere, on the ...
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Bookshelf joints

Note: all of what follows assumes this will be used to hold a fairly normal number of books, which requires fairly significant weight holding even assuming paperback, see previous Answer. If yours is ...
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Edge Joining: How flat is flat enough?

"It depends" the point of a good glue joint, is a good surface area that can be bonded together. The more surface area the stronger the glue joint. Where you can see light that is a weak ...
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