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#1 posted 10-16-2018 10:09 PM

thank you for all the comments, agree on the dado and the arch, however being a meditation bench the arch would impede leg movement so it’s not an option.

@jamsomito , a couple things in your comment that I’d like to explore.

First off, I’m reading up on end-grain to face grain glue up and why that’s a problem, it seems that thinning he glue and having it soak in in a firs pass may fix that. However I don’t understand why end grain is an issue with the screw, could you elaborate? I’ve ordered “Understanding Wood”, I’m hoping it will address some of his basic knowledge I seem to lack.

Second you mentioned dowels being a stronger option than screws. I don’t understand this, one is metal, one is wood… how is a 5/8 piece of maple going to take more side-to-side racking force than a piece of metal? I understand that the glue on both ends of the dowel would form a stronger bond than the screw in the end grain, but I still fear that the side racking would just snap the dowels compared to 2 long screws. And I can’t put 4-5 in, at most 2. Also according to the interwebs, a dowel joint isn’t necessarily stronger than a screw joint, altho the screw ones seem to deflect sooner.

thanks for your insight and pardon the ignorance, trying my best to fill the gap.


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