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Forum topic by docmark posted 06-11-2017 10:00 PM 677 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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06-11-2017 10:00 PM

Not sure if picture is attached, but I am planning to build a walnut bench with a 13”x6’x6 qtr seat. It attaches to two leg uprights joined by a stringer under the seat, no joinery visible. I feel that glue alone is not enough, and would one use biscuits or dowels, and how many? And Titebond 3? (I’m sure the bench will be moved by picking up each end of the seat, and don’t want it to disattach from the rest.)

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#1 posted 06-12-2017 04:53 AM

I don’t see a pic. Is your bench similar to this sketch?

Biscuits, dowels, mortise-and-tenon would all work (even figure-8 fasteners would work for the top). If dowels or biscuits, I would probably use 4 per end at leg-to-top. Stretcher-to-leg will depend on stretcher size, but a couple of dowels would probably work—although I would probably choose M&T. For the stretcher-to-top, glue alone would be enough (it is long-grain-to long-grain), but three or so dowels or biscuits could help with alignment (as would some spacer blocks during glue-up).

TB 3 would be fine.

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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