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Forum topic by borny posted 09-14-2015 09:19 AM 768 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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borny

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09-14-2015 09:19 AM

Quick question.. Is there any reason why I couldn’t use dowel joinery in case construction, like the Krenov style cabinet, in a larger piece of furniture, like a dresser? Dimensions 31×18 x 34” (forgive me if the dimensions are labeled wrong!!) I’m inclined to say it is strong enough, especially after the back has been attached, but I haven’t seen anyone who has done this online. I know dove tails are the traditional joint, but I’m a little pressed for time.

TIA,
Dan


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CB_Cohick

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#1 posted 09-14-2015 03:21 PM

Glue and dowels are a good joint, much stronger than either pocket holes or a butt joint. Unless your case is going to be subjected to a lot of stress it should hold up I would think.

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.

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#2 posted 09-14-2015 03:44 PM

No problem. I have used dowel joints in both tables and casework.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 09-14-2015 08:22 PM

I figured it would be fine, i just haven’t seen anyone online building a case like this. I am going to glue the sides into the top. Grain direction isn’t the issue, i was worried the dowels would only penetrate 1/2” into the top. I did a test with some scraps and was pretty amazed on how strong the joint is with only a couple fields and I will be using more over the 18” length of the joint. Plus I don’t think dressers go through a tremendous amount if stress.

Here is a picture of the joint I’m making. The top will over hang the sides 3/8”.

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#4 posted 09-14-2015 08:26 PM

Try paying a picture again..

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#5 posted 09-14-2015 08:35 PM

I can’t figure out which end is up!

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#6 posted 09-14-2015 08:36 PM

Dowel joints are use extensively in European flame-less cabinets.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#7 posted 09-14-2015 08:47 PM

For the most part the top and bottom are the same. Not sure how to rotate the picture. Lol

Do youu think as hobbyists we have a tendency to “over build” furniture, because we are worried about quality? I really like dowel joinery, but feel sometimes it’s too simple!

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#8 posted 09-14-2015 08:48 PM

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#9 posted 09-14-2015 08:55 PM

Now I’m curious why my phone rotated the picture..

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#10 posted 09-15-2015 05:42 AM



Now I m curious why my phone rotated the picture..

- borny

Because you haven’t read this thread.

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/117186

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#11 posted 09-15-2015 05:56 AM

Thanks!! Knowing is half the battle!!

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