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Forum topic by OldBull posted 07-02-2020 01:56 PM 223 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-02-2020 01:56 PM

I downloaded a free mitre saw plan, it fit the size I needed and worked well for my current skill level. The problem is it screws into end grain. It does say pocket screws could be used but I am trying not to use pocket joints. I decided maybe to try dowels into end grain (would that be weak also?) or to add a short piece of 2×4 to the inside of the frame to give the joining boards a face or an edge to screw into. The image is of the upper frame but all 3 frames, left, middle and right, use the same end grain joinery. The red square (2×4) drawn on the inside of the drawing is my idea of a fix, what do you think ??
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#1 posted 07-02-2020 02:03 PM

Not sure exactly what the frame is… I’m assuming it’s the center top for the saw, and two wings for the sides??

If so, I wouldn’t worry about it at that size. Will you be putting plywood on the tops? if so, when you glue and or screw them down they will brace this thing enough.

If you wanted to you could put some small blocks in the corners like you have illustrated. Gluing them would be enough or you could screw them from the inside. I’d make it square instead of rectangular though.

If I’ve understood what you’re doing then good. If not and my response doesn’t make any sense… well then… nevermind ;-)

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#2 posted 07-02-2020 02:04 PM

Using pocket screws is easier than dowels. The dowels will work. I don’t like pocket screws in furniture, but for shop tools and cabinets, they are strong, quick, and easy.

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#3 posted 07-02-2020 02:15 PM

Thanks for the replies, it is the top left ( long side ) of the station but the rest use the same type of joints. There is some additional support from the legs when they are added but still use the end grain. And yes again stinkyply (sandeply) will be used on top.
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#4 posted 07-02-2020 02:23 PM

I am a huge fan of pocket screws too.. from the inside they won’t show.

That being said, those outside leg braces will reinforce it a lot and with the ply on the top, it’s certainly enough. Plywood is tough stuff. Heck, it’s used for bracing of roof trusses. I wouldn’t be concerned at all about your corners.

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