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Forum topic by leftcoaster posted 06-04-2016 02:32 AM 968 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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#1 posted 06-04-2016 03:00 AM

Who knows by the pics, it is a commercial product, why do want to know? Or just cant figure it out, get a good book on joinery

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#2 posted 06-04-2016 03:03 AM

There’s no name for that joint it’s from the shabby chic woodworkers book.They make up their own stuff to fool people into thinking they are getting something great.
At least it’s not a pallet sitting on cinder blocks painted black. :)

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#3 posted 06-04-2016 03:34 AM

Part of it has butt joints and part are alternating fingers such as a finger or box joints.

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#4 posted 06-04-2016 05:20 AM

It looks photoshopped. It would be possible to
make something with that joinery look, but I doubt
it’s worth the trouble.

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#5 posted 06-04-2016 02:45 PM

The face boards are mitered at the joint and applied.. it’s basically a veneer of pallet like wood over some internal framework of likely 2×4s screwed together with drywall screws.

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#6 posted 06-04-2016 04:12 PM

Thanks guys—won’t be pursuing this one!

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#7 posted 06-04-2016 05:12 PM

Wouldn’t be hard to do. If I were trying to copy the same look, this is what I would do.
Glue up boards, make a 4 sided box with mitered corners and a 45 miter around the top.
Cut the inside leg of the boxes down whatever thickness your top is going to be.
Make 2 stretchers with a 45 degree miter on them and attach them to the legs. I would probably use loose tenons.
Glue up your top, and miter all 4 sides, and attach it to the base.
3 or 4 pallets and your done.

(I don’t see any alternating fingers/box joints anywhere.)

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#8 posted 06-04-2016 05:44 PM

One way to be sure would tbe to X-ray it.
My guess would be pocket holes with veneer overlay

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#9 posted 06-04-2016 09:22 PM

JBay thanks – very helpful!

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#10 posted 06-05-2016 11:33 AM

If those are solid pieces of timber used for the sides and top, perhaps it is done like this …

Note that I have left some lines in place on the horizontal piece to show the original shape of the timber before cutting the joint. Have a look at the remaining shaded faces to see what the joint looks like. On the vertical, you need to look through the piece at the dashed lines to see how that would be cut. No, they are not very clear so if I rotated just the vertical piece, it would look like this …

A bit of careful marking required, but not a difficult joint to make.

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