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Forum topic by Jimothy posted 07-11-2020 06:10 AM 426 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jimothy

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07-11-2020 06:10 AM

Topic tags/keywords: end grain stool movement grain orientation screws joining

Hey y’all. I’m planning on making a pixel-art small stool, the top being end grain with the end grain facing up of course, like an end grain cutting board. I am concerned about what would be the most ideal way to fasten the top to the apron, because of the fact that the end grain top is not super strong and may crack considering the apron will be expanding/contracting in a different direction from the top. Usually I would just use screws to faster my tops on, which I haven’t had any issues with ever, but I’m not sure about this case. I thought about making the apron in the same way as the top, as in gluing a bunch of wood width wise in the same orientation as the top so that they will move together, but I don’t think that would be strong enough considering the grain orientation.

What do you think?


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CaptainKlutz

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#1 posted 07-11-2020 06:54 AM

Cool idea.
Maybe use z-clips or figure eight fasteners, like normally used on end grain table top?

Pardon me being nervous: but unless the top is 3+ inches thick, my brain would be worried that end grain panel would break off at apron when heavy pressure is placed near the edge.
Have seen < 2 in thick end grain boards broken on edge of counter, by putting pressure on both sides trying to catch a falling board. (Yes, I am a Klutz)

Might solve attachment and potential breakage issue by cutting the pixel art into a 3/16” thick veneer layer, and mounting it to a base that is normal flat plank? Just an idea.

Color me curious.
Will sit back and watch what chair/stool experts say.

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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Jimothy

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#2 posted 07-11-2020 07:03 AM

Ah yes I was planning on making it very thick for this reason! I was thinking between 3-4”. Now that you mention it, the end grain veneering may actually be a good idea and itll save me lots of material too, and then I wouldn’t have to worry much about the wood movement issue.


Cool idea.
Maybe use z-clips or figure eight fasteners, like normally used on end grain table top?

Pardon me being nervous: but unless the top is 3+ inches thick, my brain would be worried that end grain panel would break off at apron when heavy pressure is placed near the edge.
Have seen < 2 in thick end grain boards broken on edge of counter, by putting pressure on both sides trying to catch a falling board. (Yes, I am a Klutz)

Might solve attachment and potential breakage issue by cutting the pixel art into a 3/16” thick veneer layer, and mounting it to a base that is normal flat plank? Just an idea.

Color me curious.
Will sit back and watch what chair/stool experts say.

- CaptainKlutz


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