Chair woodworking plans #4: Photo of wood joint btwn stretcher and legs

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Blog entry by Tony Slattery posted 03-22-2021 08:31 AM 560 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I hesitate to call this a woodworking joint, it’s not the traditional mortise and tenon joint.

The justification for this is I am always looking for easier ways of doing things.

This is a dowel joint with a bit of reinforcing in the form of a long wood screw.

Hopefully you can see the two dowel locator pins, and the 6mm woodscrew in the middle. I have tried to make an illustration of this idea for joints in a previous post, and this is what it looks like.

Just in case it’s not obvious, the two component parts have been separated in an attempt to show what you would see if the leg part was transparent.

-- Tony, Australia,

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#1 posted 03-24-2021 01:50 PM

I have a commercially made dining chair from the 50’s (it was my grandmothers) that is made of poplar with all dowel joints. The joints did fine for about 40 years until my kids came along…

-- Tom

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