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05-29-2016 03:54 AM

Topic tags/keywords: cedar joining modern question tip

Hi there, this is my first post, i took on woodworking as a hobbie this year and i love it, right now i am working on my second project, its living room media console, grabbed the idea from a picture i saw.

I already have all the wood cutted to length and sanded, but im having trouble deciding on how to join the pieces together. I was thinking on using glue, but i am not sure if is going to be able to handle the weight, im using Cedar 1-3/4” width, the top pieces are 60” long and legs 24”.

I don’t know if glue a butt joint can do the trick, or i will have to go with pocket screws also?

Thanks in advance for any ideas

Some images of the wood im using


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#1 posted 05-29-2016 04:38 AM

Dowels.

Nothing lines up parts like dowels.

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#2 posted 05-29-2016 05:07 AM



Dowels.

Nothing lines up parts like dowels.

- Loren

Dowels. Pocket screws will not lend that much strength unless you put a bunch. Then you have to worry about plugging the holes and making them disappear. Which will not happen.

Dowels would lend much strength.

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#3 posted 05-29-2016 05:15 AM

Dowels are a good choice. If it’s you first time using dowels, make a practice run on something else (scrap) to fine tune your layout skills.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#4 posted 05-29-2016 05:24 AM

+4 for fluted 3/4” dowels.

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#5 posted 05-29-2016 05:27 AM

Glued butt joints are actually incredibly strong if properly jointed and clamped and will be more than enough. However dowels would be great for lining everything up

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#6 posted 05-29-2016 05:34 AM



Dowels are a good choice. If it s you first time using dowels, make a practice run on something else (scrap) to fine tune your layout skills.

- devann

Yes.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#7 posted 05-29-2016 05:37 AM

Depending upon your goal(s) go with dowels as the other LJ’s have indicated. But if an additional goal is to start building a tool collection then look at the Triton or Mafell Doweler or the Festool Domino Joiner.

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#8 posted 05-29-2016 06:21 AM

Mortice and tenon, or dowels. glued but joints are not strong and will not hold.

-- John

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#9 posted 05-29-2016 07:36 PM

Thank you guys for your answers! I guess dowels are the way to go, as @jumbo jack posted I’m going to have a practice run on some scraps and the go for it.

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