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#1 posted 02-03-2010 05:39 PM

Based on what I see, I agree with several fellow LJs on using biscuits. However, I will serve up another alternative that would be even easier (but less elegant} – pocket holes. You would have to convert your miter joint to a butt joint but pocket holes (with the right screws) are very strong and they are very easy to do. I think they are great for newbs. The Kreg jig is the best and the Kreg screws are the best. However, there are cheaper jigs available. Even if you use a cheaper non-Kreg jig, I would still recommend Kreg screws (fine grain for hardwoods, course grain for soft woods).

If the pocket holes will be visible, you can fill in the holes with plugs. Once they are glued in place and sanded down they blend in nicely – but they are still visible.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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