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Forum topic by Tetroniker posted 07-21-2018 11:46 PM 1317 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Tetroniker

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07-21-2018 11:46 PM

Hey forum, so I ran into a problem. I was given a bunch of oak from a friend so thought I’d make a table. Given the grain direction, when I make my loose tenons, I suspect either the base or the beam will split over time. Or am I incorrect here?

Base:

Beam:

How it’ll be joined:

Am I overthinking this?


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#1 posted 07-22-2018 02:23 AM

You are going to be a-okay. No worries.

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#2 posted 07-22-2018 02:34 AM



You are going to be a-okay. No worries.

- JADobson


Thanks, I was just uncertain as this will be the first time doing loose tenons. :)

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#3 posted 07-22-2018 02:51 AM

Don’t worry be happy, that is some very nice quarter sawn oak you have there.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Tetroniker

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#4 posted 07-22-2018 02:59 AM



Don t worry be happy, that is some very nice quarter sawn oak you have there.

- bondogaposis


Thank you, I have a wealthy friend who collects piles of lumber and gives me a lot of it at a good price. This was the first time working with QSWO and had I known in advance, I’d have done the legs completely different! :) It’s okay, it’ll all workout in the end.

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#5 posted 07-22-2018 04:45 AM

Make the tenons a bit narrower in width to avoid any possibility of them swelling and splitting the oak. 1/8” narrower should be enough.

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#6 posted 07-22-2018 04:53 AM

If you have a boatload of the QSWO, just make your loose tenons to match the grain of your members.

Even if you don’t, I wouldn’t worry. Movement over three or four inches isn’t going to amount to much. Like runswithscissors says, leave a bit of a gap on the width and you’ll be even safer.

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