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08-04-2010 05:57 PM

I have a half wall with a cap. The cap is made from two pieces of cherry which are edge glued to a finished size of 2in (H), 10in (W), 40in (L).

Some Questions:
1. I plan on nailing into the face of the cap to fasten it on the half wall. Will I risk it splitting when the cap expands later down the line?
2. What about just glue and no nails?

Any tips?? I cannot get under it to bolt it in, I can only get to it via the face…any better ideas if splitting is an issue?

Thank you.

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#1 posted 08-05-2010 01:50 AM

I had made mine with pine and screwed it down and put plugs in the countersinks for the screws. Have had no problems yet, its been 17 years now.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#2 posted 08-07-2010 04:12 AM

at 10” width, you are right at the edge of where I would start to think about it, but I wouldn’t worry about it.

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#3 posted 08-07-2010 04:58 AM

Hi ponte,

Are you going to put trim around the cap where it meets the half wall?
If so you could screw a steel L bracket to the underside of your cap and screw the bracket to your half wall and then cover it with the trim. You may have to notch out the back side of the trim to go over the bracket. At 40’’ long maybe two brackets on each side would do, so only four notches required.

Thanks jb

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