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10-04-2020 08:03 PM

Afternoon all.
I seem to have posted this in the wrong forum. Lets try this one
My daughter has requested a pair of these. Option A is to use the laminated pine panels from the Orange store. Option B is to laminate my own from Poplar. Stronger than option A, but just a bit to wide for my thickness planer. Not a big deal, but still. Not a big fan of edge banding plywood, so thats out. The two tables will be painted as shown The question is about securing the various panels together. I’m thinkin’ pocket screws might be the way to go. Never used them so Im not sure. Any thoughts or alternatives would be great.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 10-04-2020 08:24 PM

Personally I’d use birch or paint grade hard maple. More durable.

Pockets are fine depending on how you put it together. I wouldn’t use pockets if you stack the sides on top of the base.

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#2 posted 10-04-2020 08:26 PM

Pocket screws would be fine. They will be hidden inside, and they are strong. Might take a little practice on scrap for the initial setup since it is new to you, but they work well.

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#3 posted 10-05-2020 04:28 AM

Dowels, I say. You may have some trouble getting the last of the pocket screws in. Besides which, given the style of the piece, and that it’s gonna be painted, you might just as well use finish nails and wood filler. Or…

Or, if miter joints turn you on… Biscuits. A good, strong, invisible joint. Biscuits would even make for easier assembly with butt points. Yeah. That’s what I’d do. Then, I’d probably round over the top and bottom edges to the point of the butt joint.

And then, I’d ask myownbadself why I didn’t just go buy a couple of them, already made, at a thrift store. I don’t have room to be buiiding furniture, as much as I’d like to be building furniture.

Don’t mean to make light of it.

-- Mark

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#4 posted 10-05-2020 01:07 PM

I’d miter those with a spline.

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