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Project by Mark posted 10-04-2020 07:59 PM 655 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Afternoon all.
My daughter has requested a pair of these. Option A is to use the laminated pine panels from the Orange store. Option B is to laminate my own from Poplar. Stronger than option A, but just a bit to wide for my thickness planer. Not a big deal, but still. Not a big fan of edge banding plywood, so thats out. The two tables will be painted as shown The question is about securing the various panels together. I’m thinkin’ pocket screws might be the way to go. Never used them so Im not sure. Any thoughts or alternatives would be great.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 10-04-2020 10:15 PM

If you are going to miter the corners, probably glue and splines are fine. Nobody is going to sit on them. If there is a panel sealing up the back, that should keep it from flexing.

-- Elliott C. "Eeyore" Evans

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James E McIntyre

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#2 posted 10-05-2020 12:17 AM

You can joint 45 degree angles with most biscuit (plate) jointers. If you have one or can borrow one.

There’s a good video on line showing how to do it.

Eeyore is right about the panel at the rear adding strength. You can rabbit, glue and staple or nail it.

Take your time. It looks like a cool modern style design.

Have fun building it.
PS You can buy the tapered angled legs on Esty.

-- James E McIntyre

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#3 posted 10-05-2020 12:59 AM

Thanks gents.

-- Mark

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Mark Wilson

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#4 posted 10-05-2020 04:37 AM

And then, I went to your Project Gallery, and I’m reminded of a not insignificant fact. You’re the furniture maker, here. Why would there be any puzzle to this at all? If you’re just looking for an excuse to fiddle with pocket screws, fiddle away. Just don’t get sucked into buying all the doodads. However (and I mean this), for a maker of your caliber, pocket screws are a step backwards. They’re for people who want the “easy way,” the “anyone can do it” way. You’ve got the gift, man. Use it.

-- Mark

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#5 posted 10-05-2020 04:03 PM

Thank you Mark.

-- Mark

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#6 posted 10-06-2020 05:46 PM

The 60’s called. They want their nightstand back. Only kidding. Nice design.

-- Puddy and paint make me what a carpenter I aint.

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