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Joinery for two face boards on a dining table base - need advice

by sittingaaron
posted 02-06-2017 08:41 PM


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TungOil

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#1 posted 02-06-2017 09:47 PM

With a 4”x5”x2 glue joint in each leg you likely won’t need anything else. If the dowel joint appeals to you aesthetically use that. You could also send some screws in at the corners with plugs to get a similar look

If you are using a solid top be sure to account for wood movement when you attach to the base.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#2 posted 02-06-2017 09:56 PM



With a 4”x5”x2 glue joint in each leg you likely won t need anything else. If the dowel joint appeals to you aesthetically use that. You could also send some screws in at the corners with plugs to get a similar look

If you are using a solid top be sure to account for work d movement when you attach to the base.

- TungOil

Yes I was thinking this through as well. The wood is cherry which I’ve heard moves quite a lot.

My only idea so far is to use threaded inserts in the table top and thread bolts through the bottom side of the horizontal planks. They’d be countersunk and not visible from eye level but I wasn’t sure if the slight movement in the bolts would offer enough for expansion.

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#3 posted 02-07-2017 12:01 AM

Solid cherry will certainly move, as will solid anything. orient slots perpendicular to the grain in the top to allow it someplace to go and you should be fine.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#4 posted 02-07-2017 12:46 AM



With a 4”x5”x2 glue joint in each leg you likely won t need anything else. If the dowel joint appeals to you aesthetically use that. You could also send some screws in at the corners with plugs to get a similar look

If you are using a solid top be sure to account for wood movement when you attach to the base.

- TungOil

Agreed. If you aren’t sure about the glue strength on the legs. Simple try taking some cheap scrap. Glue them perpendicular to each other. Clamp and let dry over night. Trying pulling them apart in the morning. Good luck not breaking the wood.

Then in your case, you are doubling up the “stretchers” on the legs. Nope, those aren’t going anywhere. I do like using a large dowel through similar joints.

These benches have stretchers glued to the legs. Then a 3/4” dowel through to reinforce. A couple more dowels through the top and that’s it. They are solid as a rock.

-- Travis, Virginia, www.facebook.com/CreativeWoodworksHybla

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