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Forum topic by chrisstef posted 03-12-2010 10:44 PM 1273 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-12-2010 10:44 PM

Im going to be building a table top out of some reclaimed luber. The table top is going to be 6’ long. Now i had to cut the boards down due to some oold nails that i just couldnt get out. What is the best way to join the boards end to end? I was thinking biscuits but im afriad they wont be strong enough. Any suggestions out there?

-- Something, something, something.

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#1 posted 03-12-2010 10:52 PM

half laps!

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#2 posted 03-12-2010 10:53 PM

Ahh the old half lap .. thanks Aaron!

-- Something, something, something.

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#3 posted 03-12-2010 10:58 PM

Scarf ‘em.

-- Scott, San Diego

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#4 posted 03-12-2010 10:59 PM

scarf joint was my other idea .. id have to do it on the tablesaw … they will be 8” wide

-- Something, something, something.

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#5 posted 03-12-2010 11:17 PM

Making the cuts for a scarf joint is pretty hard – especially on a TS and especially on wide boards. I think a big lap joint is a much better option.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#6 posted 03-12-2010 11:19 PM

Half or Scarf and then use a butterfly key inlay over the seam of the two boards to add appeal to it while adding strength.

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#7 posted 03-12-2010 11:41 PM

how bout finger joint on the router or a reversible glue joint bit?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#8 posted 03-12-2010 11:51 PM

finger joints could be staggered in a pattern and be really attractive? just a thought

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#9 posted 03-12-2010 11:55 PM

tongue and groove ,
keep them honest to each other .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#10 posted 03-13-2010 03:54 PM

Thanks for all the repliues fellas. With the limited gear that i have im going to go with 3” long half lap joints and butterfly keys. Ill make sure to post some pics when all said and done.

-- Something, something, something.

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