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Forum topic by alittleoff posted 06-05-2015 08:00 PM 688 views 1 time favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-05-2015 08:00 PM

I’m wanting to build a bed using yellow pine. I may go ahead and do a complete bedroom suite if I like the bed. My question is about joining the 1×4 and 1×6” boards. Would biscuits and glue be good. Lape joint and glue, or tongue and grove the boards? What’s the desk method?

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#1 posted 06-05-2015 08:08 PM

Best method is nothing but glue, if you’re talking about glueing boards together to make a wider panel. Biscuits help for alignment but add no strength. No need for tongue and grooves.
In terms of attaching that panel to posts, however, things get a bit more complicated because of wood movement. This article (originally from Fine Woodworking) explains how woodworkers deal with these issues:

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#2 posted 06-06-2015 10:52 AM

+1 on what Mr. Jdh had to say. Personally I’d leave the biscuit cutter out of the equation all together. T & G is a matter of opinion. IMHO, it don’t do much but complicate the situation. Were it me, & had nothing but glue, that’s what I’d use. Joint your edges if possible, or hand plane, glue, & clamp. It will work fine. If you’re going to construct more than just wider panels, I would consider doweling or pocket screws. Just a personal preference, & both work well. Also as JD mentioned, when it comes to attaching bed posts and head board, remember, wood does move. You’ll enjoy working with yellow pine. And you’ll get a look that will last for years if you take your time, & do things right. Enjoy your venture, & work safe.

-- Sawdust703

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#3 posted 06-06-2015 12:56 PM

Thanks for the answers. I checked out the great link jdh posted. It covers everything about building a bed, even the deminsions. As for yellow pine, I think it one of the most overlooked wood their is for building furniture. The only thing I don’t like about it is the sap problem I had a while back. I ran some through the planer and it took me a while to clean the sap off. Other than that I love it. Thanks again

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#4 posted 06-06-2015 03:43 PM

Like others said just glue. Remember where you have cross grain joining allow for movement. Good luck.

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