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#1 posted 09-23-2012 07:55 PM

There’s an old saying, “carpenters use nails [and screws], furniture makers use glue.”

Glue two boards together along the grain and it’ll be the wood that breaks, not the glue line.

Not true when gluing end grain, but that’s the job of a talented woodworker…to figure a way to join the pieces in a way that you can use glue to make a solid joint. So, it depends on the design as to whether it’s good enough. If the plan uses a lot of mortise and tenon joinery, dovetails/half-laps/box joints, dados/grooves, and even dowels to increase the glue surface at the joints, then it’ll be more than sufficient. Otherwise, you better have more screws than nails.

My two cents.

-- jay,

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