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I’m working on my nightstands now to match the bed I built over a year ago and posted here. I’m doing the corners of the tabletop frames with a somewhat complicated joint. I put this one together today as a test piece to dial in the jig I made and just to be sure I could do it.

Of course I’m not vane enough to think I invented a new joint – I’ve just never seen one quite like it and dont’ know if there’s a name for it. If I were to take a stab, I’d call it a mitered and pegged finger joint.

The reason I’m going to this trouble is that I move back and forth overseas every few years (active duty military). My last move from California to Germany wreaked havoc on some plain miter joints in my living room furniture. I could have just done splined miters, but I decided to go this route for the challenge, and so that I could incorporate a little purple heart with the pins (and actually have them functional).

The actual joints in the night stands will be tighter and not blown out (I hope, anyway). I’m making those out of curly maple with purple heart pegs.

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#1 posted 1367 days ago

I’d go with mitered, fingered, pegged (MFP?) It’s a nice looking joint. Takes a few seconds of staring at it to make sense of it. Nice work on the prototype.

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#2 posted 1367 days ago

I’d call it exactly that. A mitered and pegged finger joint.

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#3 posted 1367 days ago

depending on how many you do you might call it a headache lol looks cool though great work

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#4 posted 1367 days ago

Took me a few seconds, too. Joint, mitered, finger-jointed, pegged. 8^D the US Army description of a zipper…”Fastener, Interlocking, Slide”.

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#5 posted 1367 days ago

i would probably still just call it a miter joint…..with a peg in it – haha. I dont think the peg will actually add anything to the joint, strength wise…..just decorative. maybe I’m wrong. cool looking joint though! good job

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#6 posted 1367 days ago

in all my years never seen anything like it. but it be cool . hows this for a name A PEGGED FINGERED MITER

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#7 posted 1367 days ago

Combination Joint.

At least people and their quick joinery jigs can’t make this.

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#8 posted 1367 days ago

Here’s a couple more shots for clarification of how it goes together. I’m with ya, dakremer, that the peg is more or less just a decorative element – considering all of the long grain-to-long grain glue surface there already is in the joint.

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#9 posted 1367 days ago

Its a version of a mitered lap joint. You just have additional laps(ie. fingers). And yes, the peg does add strength. But its way overkill. I like the way you chamfered the thing after assembly.

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#10 posted 1367 days ago

Now, just figure out how to draw bore it :-))

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#11 posted 1367 days ago

It’s more like a double bridle joint thats mitered. Good design though, I bet its strong as heck too.

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#12 posted 1367 days ago

A version of the Mitered LAP joint. The peg does add strength, although the extra fingers will actually weaken the joint.

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#14 posted 1367 days ago

Looks kind of like bridle joint on steroide with a miter thrown in for decorative effect and then pegged. I does look really cool. I don’t know if you put the peg in for decoration or if you thought it would be good for strength, but it would do both, although, I seriously doubt that joint would ever break if properly glued. The wood would break long before the glue joint. I agree with Cabs4less, if you had to make a lot of them, that could get old in a hurry, but that would be a very attractive treatment on the corner of a table or possibly a mitered frame for a cabinet door. Nice work.

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