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Forum topic by groland posted 06-26-2010 05:23 PM 982 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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06-26-2010 05:23 PM

I am building a workbench with mortise and tenon joints on the end trestles. I’m using red oak. I would like to use a dark wood for the dowel pins for color contrast. I am thinking about walnut for these pins, but I have never done this before and I wondered whether walnut dowels would work well in this application?

I made a test joint with oak dowels, and I could really wail away with a hammer on those dowels driving them into the draw-bore holes. What an incredibly strong joint! Wow! Would walnut be able to withstand this application or ought I to stick to red oak?

Many thanks,


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#1 posted 06-26-2010 06:01 PM

Walnut will be almost as strong as red oak. I’m quite certain it will be strong enough.

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

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