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QUESTION OF THE WEEK #4: wood or metal?

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7/23/11
 

When joining wood, is your #1 preference to use wood or metal?
(ex. dowels vs screws)

 

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)



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Karson

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#1 posted 1005 days ago

I would have to decide if I’m going to want to take it off again or wood movement. I.E. Table top to a base

I’ve also used screws where it’s outdoor and I want something that’s going to be waterproof.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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jumbojack

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#2 posted 1005 days ago

I am doweler through and through.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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Bluepine38

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#3 posted 1005 days ago

It would depend on the application, If I have to plug the screw hole, why not just put in a matching or
contrasting dowel and get just about equal strength, and maybe change the aesthetics of the project?
If I need clamping pressure to hold two pieces together while the glue dries, then a screw is sometimes
better. A plate joiner makes it real easy to align some pieces during assembly. I guess I am pretty open on this option.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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lew

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#4 posted 1005 days ago

As others have indicated, it depends on the application.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Dennisgrosen

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#5 posted 1005 days ago

a big hammer and a 12 inch nail is always the finish solution if anything ells fail …. :-)

Dennis

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WayneC

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#6 posted 1005 days ago

Agree, it depends on the joint. I have nothing against using metal if it will make the joint stronger. I lost my purity a long time ago….

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Joe Lyddon

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#7 posted 1005 days ago

Panels: dowels

Legs to Horiz: screws

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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BobTheFish

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#8 posted 1005 days ago

I prefer dowels or joinery, simply because I don’t like screw holes and plugs, but that’s the only reason really. I’ll use screws and nuts and bolts when it’s something I want to have KD style, or sometimes on a tabletop.

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Occie gilliam

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#9 posted 1005 days ago

I use screws nails for the building and gluing and replace them
with glued dowels as often as i can

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you too-oc@hotmail.com mail.com

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Grumpy

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#10 posted 1005 days ago

Give me wood any day but if the need arises metal is often the right choice.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Dark_Lightning

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#11 posted 1005 days ago

Screw or dowels? The majority of my wood joining is with nails. For hobby it’s a mix of both. If I want the fasteners to show, I’ll use screws, as small as #2 by 3/8”. I made a small knickknack shelf recently and I used those screws and little homemade ebony plugs to cover them up. I could have used little dowels, I guess, but they would have been tooth-pick size. I’d take a picture and post it, but my camera skills are abysmal.

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Karson

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#12 posted 1004 days ago

AtomJack:

You work in Atom Sized Materials I see.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Grandpa

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#13 posted 1004 days ago

Well, they used to tell us that carpenters used nails and furniture builders used joints. This is basically the system I try to use but there are times when you need something to hold the wood until the glue dries and metal fasteners are the item of the moment. I like joints and glue but there is a place for metal. Like the others have said it all depends on the application and the location.

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Roger

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#14 posted 1004 days ago

I have used both. It depends what you want the outcome to be for myself

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Bertha

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#15 posted 1004 days ago

For utilitarian stuff, metal. For fine’ish furniture, wood. I don’t like floating tenons or biscuits, personally; although, they’re still wood.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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