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Posted on Joint two dowels - square or round tenon?

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#1 posted 09-05-2018 04:39 PM

The square end would certainly transfer the rotational forces better, and not rely entirely on the glue for strength. The round would be easier to cut.

If it were me, I think I would go with a round mortise and tenon, and peg it with a wooden or metal pin. That would also prevent relying entirely on the glue to transfer the forces.

In this application, I don’t think I would rely just on glue. How many glued parts have we each seen fail on chairs?

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