Half lap joints

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Forum topic by BalsaWood posted 02-25-2019 10:50 PM 362 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-25-2019 10:50 PM

Anyone use half lap joints in table or desk aprons? I’m thinking they may not look too great aesthetically but they do seem like pretty strong and simple joints

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#1 posted 02-26-2019 02:27 AM

Like any other joint, if the two parts fit together well and if there is enough glue surface area, the strength should be adequate for the purpose. For aesthetic purposes, I wouldn’t use it on a piece of furniture that will be on display and might be considered “fine” furniture unless the joint will be hidden somehow. For me, a lap joint is mainly for utilitarian purposes. Having said that, the obvious joint line could be worked into a design and placed and/or repeated in such a way as to become an acceptable feature.

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#2 posted 02-26-2019 04:12 AM

The primary purpose of an apron is to prevent racking and help keep the top flat. An apron half lapped onto a leg will do that. I saw a table the other day with the long aprons on the outside and short aprons on the inside, I like how it looked.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 02-26-2019 04:37 AM

I did it on my workbench, but would only use it on a more rustic/primitive/industrial type table if for interior. Thats just my opinion.

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