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Navysniper7

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08-03-2021 02:09 PM

I attempted to build a loft bed that has a unique assembly. The corners are jointed with a Rockler 45° Lock Miter Router Bits – 1/2’’ Shank. Then the beds vertical supports were cut at a 45 degree to create a clean and tight corner joint. I predrilled holes for screws. I glued up the boards, lined up the screws holes, or thought I had. But somehow the vertical supports moved and now once the corners are assembled there is about an 1/8” gap. With the vertical supports glued, screwed and nailed with Brad nails there is no way to remove the supports. My question is simple, is there a way or product that I could use to fill the gap for a clean look that won’t interfere with disassembly?


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#1 posted 08-03-2021 02:41 PM

Most fillers you use you would need to redo when reassembling after a disassembly. because it crumbles away. Is that the inside corner? how visible will it be? are you staining it or leaving natural?

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#2 posted 08-03-2021 03:05 PM

It is extremely visible on all 4 inside corners. Yes, the project will be stained. I can’t honestly say that I have never had an issues like this before.

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#3 posted 08-03-2021 05:23 PM

Start over and this time get it right .

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#4 posted 08-03-2021 07:18 PM



It is extremely visible on all 4 inside corners. Yes, the project will be stained. I can t honestly say that I have never had an issues like this before.

- Navysniper7

a couple of possibilities that i can think of (ie that have happened to me before)
1. your Router table plate is not coplanar with the router table. or if you have an insert in the plate. check that they all lign up pefectly.

2. the wood wasn’t perfectly flat. any twist, cupping, etc will telegraph into the cut and even 1 degree off will cause what you see.

3. Something isn’t set up right on the height or fence and not letting it sest all the way

4. The cutter is leaving some “fuzz” on the wood or thpeof wood that isn’t letting it seat all the way.

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#5 posted 08-04-2021 03:35 AM

If I am comprehending what I see and what you did, I don’t see any way that joint could be square? I also doubt that the glue is holding much so if you remove the screws, I would bet that you can break the glue joint pretty easily with a little leverage, since there is obviously no glue holding the gap together. The brad nails will probably pull out pretty easily too. I would see if I could break it apart and hope that it is salvageable enough to redo the cuts with the router. Practice with relatively long scraps before you try to cut it again, regardless of whether you salvage or start over. Also, using both screws and brads is sort of a belt and suspenders approach. You probably only need one or the other…or neither.

BTW, if those pieces have even a little bow or other warping, it may be next to impossible to cut a good joint on such long pieces with that bit.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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