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Posted on UK Rookie needs guidance, Timber too wet to glue and machine? , then how to dry?

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Dave G

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#1 posted 01-20-2016 02:21 AM


Remember there’s a real mix of folks on this site. From pro contractors to hobbyists to somebody with an opinion.

For t-lap I’ve seen galvanized nuts and bolts and screws used. I don’t see what the glue adds. The strength of that joint comes from the overlapping shoulders and just needs some pinching together to keep the shoulders from becoming disengaged. The glue won’t provide that.

If you want a rustic appearance you could use clinching nails as old crates are made. I hesitate to recommend this too much because finding the right kind of nails for your climate would be tough. Maybe there are ways to peg it? In fact, maybe there’s a proven old fashioned joint that doesn’t need any glue or metal? Perhaps through peg with a wedge in it, making sure to wedge toward the end grain on just one end.

In any case, I wouldn’t recommend glue of any sort. Good luck!

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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