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Blog entry by Dracombe posted 506 days ago 1119 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have this new project I am working on and I am wondering what joinery should I use? Most of my projects I use either dowels or pocket holes but I feel this project requires a more evolved kind of joinery. I have attached a picture of the plan I am working on. It’s not finished yet and no joinery is reflected on it. I would consider myself as a beginner but I have a few projects under my belt. You can see some examples at http://www.dracombefurniture.com to judge my skill level. The project will be made with cedar.

Thanks.

-- Pierre - "To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often." Winston Churchill



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Mosquito

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#1 posted 506 days ago

You could try mortise and tenon for the aprons into the legs, or haunched mortise and tenon if the legs are big enough.

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BinghamtonEd

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#2 posted 505 days ago

+1 on the mortise and tenons for the aprons/legs. Either mortise/tenon or dowels for the vertical side pieces. To attach the top, you could either cut a groove inside the aprons and use tabletop fasteners, or glue cleats, with oversized holes, to the inside of the aprons and screw the top on from below. Good luck, and make sure to post the finished project!

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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CessnaPilotBarry

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#3 posted 505 days ago

I’d also do M&T, and Ed’s top attachment, with one change.

The bottom drawer rail would be M&T, the top rail would be dovetailed into the tops of the legs. Because there is such a small glue area there, it’s better to keep the legs from moving apart. I found this on Google images:

The single tail is not a difficult joint to cut, and it’s hidden so it doesn’t have to be pretty or perfect.

I might also ditch the upright pieces on each end of the drawer, and bring the drawer all the way to the legs.

-- It's all good, if it's wood...

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Craftsman on the lake

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#4 posted 505 days ago

M and T are the obvious choices but if you’re looking for something that is sort of the same idea but easier to break into try loose tenons.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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~Julie~

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#5 posted 505 days ago

How about sliding dovetails to join the legs and aprons. They really fit together strongly.
You can read about my table here where I did that.

-- ~Julie~ followyourheartwoodworking.blogspot.ca

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pintodeluxe

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#6 posted 505 days ago

On small tables like this, I use mortise and tenon joints. The one exception is the small top rail above the drawer. For that I would use a pocket screw drilled from the top. Same idea as a half-lap dovetail, but without the fuss of getting the shoulders right.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Dracombe

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#7 posted 505 days ago

Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I will go M&T with dovetail for the front top rail. I also did not think of the top but thanks to you guys I am going to do it the right way.

I will post pictures when the project is done.

Cheers

-- Pierre - "To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often." Winston Churchill

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Dracombe

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#8 posted 478 days ago

Update

I had to change my mind about the joinery for my project. I got news I am being re-deploy this summer so I am running out of time for my project. I decided to used my Kreg pocket hole jig in order to save time. I think it still looks good. Let me know what you, the more experience fellow woodworker, think of it.

-- Pierre - "To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often." Winston Churchill

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pintodeluxe

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#9 posted 478 days ago

Hey, came out nice. There are always many options when it comes to joinery.
Good job!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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CessnaPilotBarry

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#10 posted 468 days ago

Looks good!

“Run what ya’ brung!” You’ve got a nearly finished piece. When you have more time, you can try all of the 500 options to attach parts… The right answer is the one that gets you finished in the circumstances present.

To a safe deployment!

-- It's all good, if it's wood...

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