Working with recycled timber #33: The Poor Man's Joint...inhale and remember you are still alive

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 08-10-2014 03:28 AM 1963 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Picture this:
Here you are as poor as,

No jointing tools available,
No morticer.
No Tennoning Jig.
No pocket hole gear.
No Biscuit jointer.
No finger or dovetail jigs, just a trusy table saw and a few clamps.

You need to make a reasonably large cross section joint and all you have is a collection of recycled timber pallets.

Now back to reality.

Being Sunday and a nice day I was outside tidying up.

I started to think while looking at some of my recycle clutter would it be possible to laminate some of it into bigger size lumber.

So I did I made this table leg

Laminated together 1×45 degree joint and 1×90 deg joint inherently weak and totally reliant on strong glue.

So thinking some more I tried again, this time overlapping the ajoining joint profiles and sides.

Activity No 2

Lamination 1

Lamination 2

Finally Lamination 3

All stacked up and looking something like this as an exploded view.

Glue up

I glued them all up and let them set

Glue up Shot 1

Glue up Shot 2

Glue up Shot 3

Once the glue had dryed I sanded the edges and did a bit of [email protected] polishing on it simply to make it a bit more photogenic, and because as well I liked the end grain effect.

Another view

Was the joint accurate? I think it was, however you be the judge.

External Check

another view

Internal check

I guess you do not even need to make a 45 deg joint but I did it for symmerty.


A strong joint nice looking end grains lots of surface area, accurate results and simple to make.

-- Regards Rob

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 08-10-2014 05:17 AM

Looks like you got coming & going… The 45* miter joint should NOT have been done…

Just rotating the other Two would result in a very good Half-Lap type of joint… Much stronger than what you did. LOL

Just my 2 cents…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 08-10-2014 08:37 AM


Thats a very good point and I agree

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 08-10-2014 12:07 PM

My thought too. Experimenting is a wonderful way to learn.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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David Dean

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#4 posted 08-10-2014 09:32 PM

hick of ajob.

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#5 posted 08-11-2014 12:02 AM

Thnx Joe. I don’t know if I’m comin or goin now. LOL

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#6 posted 08-11-2014 05:08 AM

It is the way to learn I agree, end result looks great

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#7 posted 08-11-2014 12:08 PM

We can all be wise after the event, but it was only with trial and error that people came up with the now established joints, and who says that these are the ultimate joint…keep trialing!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#8 posted 08-11-2014 10:56 PM

45 degree joint looks like it has a greater surface area. that means it can hold more glue thereby making for a stronger joint. at least that is my way of thinking

-- Wood is a zen like experiance.

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