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JohnMcClure

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#1 posted 04-11-2019 08:08 PM



For panels, use either dowels, biscuits or cauls. You can make cauls easily with 8/4 stock ripped straight and then cut to a slight arch in the middle. I have a piece of MDF that I use as a template to cut the profile on my router table with a profile bit. Also, be sure to cover the edge with something like packing tape so the glue doesn t stick.

If you re talking about face-to-face, a lot depends on the situation. You can get the pieces aligned and shoot a couple of 23 ga pins to hold them in place while you clamp. You can also shoot three or four 23 ga pins that are shorter than the thickness of the board into one face and clip them with diagonal cutters. The little protrusions are enough to bite and prevent slippage, but small enough not to prevent the pieces from coming together.

For right angle, it s hard to beat dowels, although the right angle clamping guides you can buy or make help keep the edges flush.

- Rich


Rich,
Never thought of that trick but it sounds like a good one. I’ll have to remember that. Thanks.
MrRon,
Good thread.

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail


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