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Project by Don Broussard posted 06-07-2015 02:44 AM 1788 views 10 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am putting together a platform bed with storage and needed a helping hand with assembly of the carcase. I cut up some 4×4s into cubes and cut a ¾” wide x ⅜” deep dado into one face and then cut the same size dado at right angles to the first dado. To use them, I put in adjacent sides into the dadoes then clamp them up to ensure a right angle assembly. I did find the dadoes a bit too shallow. Before I use them next time, I’ll cut the dadoes deeper, like closer to ¾” or so.

This is probably not a new idea, but it worked for me.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#1 posted 06-07-2015 03:47 AM

New or not, looks good.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 06-07-2015 03:48 AM

Great idea Don, like the fact that it’s shop made!

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#3 posted 06-07-2015 03:03 PM

Looks like they are a great help, Don! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 06-07-2015 03:05 PM

I’ll need to make me some of these….
That is, IF I were to ever make anything!!!

I can see these being very helpful….
Thanks for the post.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 06-07-2015 04:55 PM

Pretty neat idea, Don.
I think (hope) I’m done with case work but, with modifications, those would work to hold bar clamps for panel glue ups.
Thanks ol’ buddy.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#6 posted 06-07-2015 09:35 PM

Looks like a good idea, Don. Did you wax the dados to keep any squeeze-out from sticking?

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#7 posted 06-07-2015 09:39 PM

Thanks for all the kind comments.

JayT—I didn’t use glue on the connections, just screws. Good idea to wax them if I use them in a glue-up.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#8 posted 06-07-2015 11:02 PM

Neat idea and I am sure that several of us will “borrow” that idea!

-- just rjR

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#9 posted 06-07-2015 11:41 PM

I haven’t seen that design before but looks like it does the job.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 06-08-2015 12:09 AM

Cool idea Don, anything and everything that helps those awkward glueups is a great idea!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#11 posted 06-08-2015 12:45 AM

Good idea Don. Even if someone thought of it before you, you thought of it too.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#12 posted 06-10-2015 07:18 AM

That, Sir, is working smarter and not harder.

-- May the good Lord help me if I ever actually have a shop, garage or basement.

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#13 posted 06-20-2015 12:24 PM

Nice little project!

-- Woodworking with Limited Tools

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