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09-05-2009 05:11 PM

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Is it recommended to join individual staves on a coopered door with loose tenons, biscuits or dowels or will the glue bond suffice? I am buiilding a standing cabinet door that will measure 20 inches wide by 36 inches high. I am starting with 7/8” thick poplar stock with the plan to end up with 3/4” stock after shaping.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#1 posted 09-05-2009 07:30 PM

I’ve done it without any kind of joint, and it has worked well for me. As long as your stock matches well, and you clamp properly, I doubt you would have any problems. If they are raised panels in a frame, I really wouln’t worry about going to a lot of trouble.


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#2 posted 09-05-2009 09:03 PM

I second Kent’s advice. Most glue joints will be stronger than the wood with the proviso that the jointing is done properly. Splines, dowels or biscuits are often used on parts where strength isn’t a factor to simplify alignment during glue-up and to prevent creeping on parts after the glue is cured.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 09-06-2009 06:35 AM

I third Kent’s advice. I think there are couple of great blogs right hear on LJs about coopering doors.

Here’s one

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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