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Armoredduck

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05-06-2019 03:57 AM

Topic tags/keywords: maple joining

I was planning on using z clips but at the last minute she decided she wanted a drawer and I am unable to use them. Was thinking about pocket screws behind the drawer slides but not sure if I need to worry about movement. I know it will expand length wise( edge grain is up) just want to make sure I get this right.

Thanks.

Lin


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CaptainKlutz

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#1 posted 05-06-2019 05:02 AM

If z-clips are not possible, how about figure eight fasteners?
Can buy them many places. Cheapest to buy in bulk quantities online.

If edge fastener won’t fit, then use cross brace under the top, and use slotted screw holes.
Whiteside makes a router bit that makes it easy to create slots:
https://www.whitesiderouterbits.com/products/sc102

Hartville Tool has nice image of complete result:
https://www.hartvilletool.com/product/5000/screw-slot-bits

PS – Don’t guess with wood movement. There are lots of online resources that can help you figure out exactly how much to expect in all 3 directions.

https://www.woodbin.com/calcs/shrinkulator/

https://www.finewoodworking.com/2013/08/29/calculating-for-wood-movement

Local shop has nice write up on wood movement also:
https://www.woodworkerssource.com/wood-movement.html

Best Luck.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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Armoredduck

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#2 posted 05-06-2019 06:07 AM


If z-clips are not possible, how about figure eight fasteners?
Can buy them many places. Cheapest to buy in bulk quantities online.

If edge fastener won t fit, then use cross brace under the top, and use slotted screw holes.
Whiteside makes a router bit that makes it easy to create slots:
https://www.whitesiderouterbits.com/products/sc102

Hartville Tool has nice image of complete result:
https://www.hartvilletool.com/product/5000/screw-slot-bits

PS – Don t guess with wood movement. There are lots of online resources that can help you figure out exactly how much to expect in all 3 directions.

https://www.woodbin.com/calcs/shrinkulator/

https://www.finewoodworking.com/2013/08/29/calculating-for-wood-movement

Local shop has nice write up on wood movement also:
https://www.woodworkerssource.com/wood-movement.html

Best Luck.

- CaptainKlutz

You are my hero. I swear anytime I need help you have the best answer. Totally didnt think about figure 8’s.

Thank you very much!

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jonah

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#3 posted 05-06-2019 08:15 PM

Figure eights are a great option. A corner clip or cleat with an elongated hole would work also.

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