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Forum topic by Bohaiboy posted 05-14-2017 06:55 PM 698 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-14-2017 06:55 PM

Making a door frame, approx 14” x 10” Was thinking of joinery techniques. THoughts and comments appreciated

Here were my thoughts:
1) M&T
2) Butt joints with biscuits
3) Lap Joints
4) Mitered joints.

Anything I left out? Any pros and cons appreciated.

-- Tim, Houston, TX area

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#1 posted 05-14-2017 06:58 PM

For a 1/2” thick frame, consider the bridle joint.

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#2 posted 05-14-2017 07:00 PM

Or possibly a doweled lap-joint.

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#3 posted 05-14-2017 08:54 PM

I would go with the splined miter joint. You can use an 1/8” piece of plywood as a spline.

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#4 posted 05-14-2017 09:47 PM

You could just use 1/4” dowel pins depending on the width of the rails.

-- Art

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#5 posted 05-14-2017 10:01 PM

For a 14” x 10” frame, I wouldn’t overthink the joinery. Half-lap would be about the easiest, as long as you don’t care what the back side looks like (although Loren’s bridle joint would fix that problem — just harder to cut). Like Art said, dowel pins are perfectly adequate too. It helps to have some sort of jig though.

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#6 posted 05-14-2017 10:22 PM

What kind of a door frame? Does it have a center panel or something? What kind of stress will be on the joints?

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#7 posted 05-14-2017 11:37 PM

Thanks all, the medium in the door will be 1/8” glass.

-- Tim, Houston, TX area

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