this is the footboard I joined in two pieces, I didn't have a long enough piece

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Project by steve6678 posted 11-04-2012 11:50 PM 2661 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had wrote a thread about joining two 1 1/4” x 7 3/4” pieces of hard maple to complete a foot board, several comments were to just buy a long enough board, and that is the correct thing to do, but I like a challange, and it was fun, so I joined the two, in a half lap, with accent strips (feature it, don’t hide it) of Cherry and through 1/2” dowell pins. If anyone doubts the strength of this joint, that’s cool, it’s your opinion, but…It’s tough as nails. I got a lot of slack (well…comments to just go buy a long enough board) for trying this, and I did it anyways, I am glad I did…there is also 4 pocket screws on the back of it with Maple plugs, barely visible, it’s the back anyways, and it’s my families bed so I got away with this joinery, ha

-- Steve - Dust sucks!

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#1 posted 11-04-2012 11:55 PM

I don’t know where the old thread went to, when I was asking for advise as to what kind of joint would be a good one, I only had sooo much wood length to work with, other-wise I would have made the lap longer, but I have faith in this joint.

-- Steve - Dust sucks!

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#2 posted 11-05-2012 12:36 AM

This joint is probably stronger than if you bought the right length of timber…BC

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#3 posted 11-05-2012 12:55 AM

Thank you, thank you very much!

-- Steve - Dust sucks!

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#4 posted 11-05-2012 01:50 AM

It looks nice and it looks plenty strong, though I’m not sure I agree with BC. Nevertheless, well done!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#5 posted 11-05-2012 01:53 AM

Now it looks like a design element .well done.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 11-05-2012 02:02 AM

Yea, not as strong as a full 52 3/8” x 7 3/4” length of Hard Maple, but strong enough, and attractive too.

-- Steve - Dust sucks!

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#7 posted 11-05-2012 02:09 AM

It’s a nice looking joint and the added detailing is sweet : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#8 posted 11-05-2012 04:53 AM

It looks too good and efficient!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 11-05-2012 07:56 AM

Please excuse my ignorance, but what is a “foot board” and where is it used?

-- Sometimes life gets in the way of one's woodworking :)

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#10 posted 11-05-2012 10:18 AM

Good looking fix and it beats spending more money if you don’t have too.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#11 posted 11-05-2012 03:41 PM

you did a great job on that joint.

-- Joel

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#12 posted 11-05-2012 05:19 PM

I guess that means that I will have to put my old board stretcher back on the shelf?

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#13 posted 11-05-2012 08:31 PM

Looks great! I remember the original post, but you’re right, it appears to be gone because I commented on it too and my comment is gone from my homepage. I didn’t know you had that much to overlap, so I was thinking you would have needed to half-lap the ends, then put them end to end and add a third piece overlapping both, but I think it’s a long enough overlap as long as it was glued and clamped well.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#14 posted 11-05-2012 10:30 PM

Thanks all, very kind of ya.
Ha, yup…the ole board stretcher

-- Steve - Dust sucks!

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#15 posted 11-07-2012 03:05 AM


I like your solution! Sure, we can always go out and buy another board . . . that’s why our bank accounts dwindle! For us it’s not just the cost of the board; it’s the $25 of gas to go get it if it’s not on our lumber pile!

Necessity is the mother of invention!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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