Joining Timber Slats on a Splayed Table

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Forum topic by SpottedGum posted 01-19-2018 06:16 AM 478 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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01-19-2018 06:16 AM

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I’d like to build an outdoor table. The frame will be galvanized steel with approx 140×30 kiln dried timber slats running long ways. The slats will waterfall over the edge and nearly down to the ground as splayed sides. Whats the best way to join the slats at the obtuse angle edge between top slat and side slat.

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#1 posted 01-19-2018 07:23 AM

Dowels or Loose tenons. Biscuits could
work too but would require more fussy
clamping while the glue sets.

The tricky thing with using dowels or loose
tenons is that making the holes for them
on angled parts can involve some elaborate
jigs. Biscuit joiners have tilting fences that
allow the tool to cut slots on angled faces

Festool Domino joiners have a similar fence.
There are dowel joiners available too with
the tilting fences.

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