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Long story short – no glue joint…pretty cool.
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#1 posted 09-04-2009 07:28 AM
If I ever do find the need to use dowels for joinery, with this joint I know it will last with no chance of glue failure. I don’t know if you invented it but I’ve never seen a double wedged dowel like this. It looks like it would work just as well with a loose tenon wouldn’t it? Thanks for sharing.
-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY
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#2 posted 09-04-2009 02:38 PM
although i havent used them yet, i like the idea of using dowels for joinery – especially for drawers instead of dovetails. the issue with dowels is really in the different rates of wood movement for each grain orientation when joining crossing grains. i think there’s an old article in FWW that describes this.
anyway, this seems to be a good solution. how did you wedge the hidden end?
this is sort of like the tenon lok system, but smaller and double-sided. nice!
#3 posted 09-04-2009 05:49 PM
Split the hidden end of the dowel with a chisel, partially insert the hidden wedge, drop it into the hole and drive it home. Then split the show end, insert wedge and go crazy with your favorite hammer.
#4 posted 09-04-2009 06:26 PM
oh, that makes too much sense. thanks!
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#5 posted 09-05-2009 01:29 AM
i think the right use of dowels can make a beautiful piece of work. one suggestion is to drill a small relief hole in the dowel and then saw from the show end to the hole. you can use a thin kerf bandsaw or a flush cut hand saw. at least that’s how a typical wedge tendon works. one other item. if the wood dries out any at all, the wedge will loosen. a stop of glue will cure that.
-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.
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#6 posted 09-05-2009 04:15 AM
Genius, I’ll def try it when the need arrises.
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