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#1 posted 09-23-2012 08:29 PM

Looking at the plan for that desk where everything is butt jointed, I would use screws, especially if you use MDF. Be careful with the MDF. Predrill your holes or else it’ll split the second board. I’d use plywood.

To me, screws are faster than nails anyway and less risk of denting the wood.

Edit: I just noticed you said everything is primed? That will definitely affect the glue’s adhesion. Generally you do that after its assembled…or you don’t prime on the glue areas. Not too big a deal here, since everything is a butt joint, but it jut shows that you should use screws.

-- jay,

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