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Posted on using dowels for headboard

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#1 posted 01-25-2017 07:46 PM

my initial thought is that a mortise and tenon joint (or it’s cousin- floating tenon) would be stronger than a doweled joint (assuming you are using a traditional dowel arrangement to hold the rails to the legs). Doweled joints are usually used to make assembly quick in production environments and for that they are great. The problem I find with a dowel is that you get too little face grain to face grain glue surface to hold up to any kind of stress. That’s one reason you see the glue joints on cheap chairs come apart after a few years of use.

If you are using dowels in some other “non-traditional” way, sharing a photo would be helpful so we fully understand what you are planning to do.

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