Joint Details

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Blog entry by ctalbanese posted 06-04-2012 05:09 PM 956 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m looking to add the joint detail seen in this photo to some of my projects. Where the joint comes together, there appears to be a small gap. Can anyone offer insight on how to accomplish this detail? Thanks.

-- Chris

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#1 posted 06-04-2012 05:18 PM

by making a poor joint?

jokes aside, if you really want this look, you could just make the rail shorter by 1/16”-1/18” to make it ‘stick out’ of the stile. or put a spacer in the groove of the rail to push it out.

or better yet – after you make a snug frame, take the rails to the TS, and shave 1/8” off of their ends – this way the internal joint beteween the rail and stile will still be flush and perfect, it’s just that the rails will stick out a tad away from the stile.

to me -design wise, this takes the focus away from the piece itself, or from elements in the piece that should be in focus, and puts it on the 1 part of the joinery that only asks one “why is that?” ... but that’s me

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 06-04-2012 05:51 PM

Another Idea – Tight Joint but put a small Chamfer on the Rail, it will give the effect of a crack in the joint without actually being there.

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#3 posted 06-04-2012 06:41 PM

I’m with DaddyZ on this one. The chamfer adds nice detail and also has the benefit of making any minor imperfections along the mating surface difficult to see. Also easy to do because you can run it down the whole length of the stile and don’t need to worry about a stopped cut.

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

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#4 posted 06-04-2012 07:26 PM

I also think it is a chamfer.
They are used in this way to hide poor joinery (they also create a design ‘shadow’).
Easy to do on the router table too.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 06-05-2012 12:27 AM

I agree with Steve except I’m more of a skeptic.
I think the “design shadow” is the excuse they use for putting it there to hide the poor mass produced fits.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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