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Forum topic by asb posted 10-14-2019 11:46 AM 445 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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10-14-2019 11:46 AM

Recently made some bar stools using my new Domino:


These were my first chairs and I’m really happy with how they turned out. Really solid. But all the weight-bearing joints in that project are 90 degrees and the weight all pushes straight down onto legs that are perpendicular to the ground.

I’m starting now on trying to duplicate this chair:

Still pretty new to all this, and I’m wondering if Dominos will be enough to hold it all together or if I need to resort to something else/more given all the angles (particularly the back leg/arm rest connection). Any thoughts or wisdom welcome. Thanks!

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#1 posted 10-14-2019 03:03 PM

Dominos will work fine, as will regular loose tenons, traditional mortise and tenon, or even dowels. The thing you do want to watch for is the grain. A chair like that which will have stresses at different angles need long, straight grain. If the grain runs across the piece at the wrong angle, it can break. That is, the wood will break. It won’t matter what you used for the joinery.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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