Floating Tenon Material?

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06-02-2010 02:04 PM

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I’m just about to embark upon a kitchen sink unit – a sort of frame and panel design. I’ve decided to go with floating tenons. The wood is pine with plywood panels.
My question is… what should I make the floating tenon inserts from?
My only choices are pine, oak, ash, beech or plywood. My gut says plywood, but they’re the same guts that make me eat a lot of curry!
Thanks in advance for the “right” answer.

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#1 posted 06-02-2010 02:21 PM

I wood use beech. Same material they make biscuits out of.

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#2 posted 06-02-2010 02:34 PM


More important than the wood is getting the grain direction correct. It needs to go across the joint, not parallel to it. Look at a biscuit closely and you’ll see (although I’ve seen some arranged diagonal). For this reason, I’d suggest NOT using plywood. Typically, use the same wood as the project is made from.

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#3 posted 06-02-2010 03:35 PM

You will be fine with any of the hardwoods: oak, ash or beech.

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#4 posted 06-02-2010 05:20 PM

I agree with all of the above.

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