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TaySC

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08-12-2017 05:06 PM

https://youtu.be/Pxo8p8m5viE

Was watching this youtube video on putting splines into the sides of basic drawers and how it strengthens the drawers and I was wondering how it strengthens them.

I can see that the part of splines that goes across a corner strengthens the actual connection between the separate boards, but he ran the sp,ines down the entire sides.

I suppose what I’m trying to wrap my head around is the fact that he cut groves of wood out of the drawer sides to in turn put in new wooden splines. How is removing wood to replace it with wood strengthening the sides?

I’m probably over thinking this and maybe it is just to strengthen the corner connections, but I wanted to hear some feedback from you guys as I try learning more about woodworking, what works and what doesn’t and why certain things are needed.


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RichTaylor

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#1 posted 08-12-2017 06:04 PM

That looks like a complete hack to me. Those are really crappy drawers to begin with, and the splines add very little. I’d say this guy needs to be watching videos to learn good construction techniques, not making videos.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#2 posted 08-12-2017 06:15 PM


That looks like a complete hack to me. Those are really crappy drawers to begin with, and the splines add very little. I d say this guy needs to be watching videos to learn good construction techniques, not making videos.

- RichTaylor

+1
Put you time and energy into the joints themselves.

https://www.google.com/search?q=drawer+joints&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjO97u5ptLVAhWJv1QKHVwsC7MQsAQIZQ&biw=1408&bih=651

I like and use the locking rabbet a lot for 1/2 BB plywood drawers. Box joints are very good also

http://www.woodmagazine.com/woodworking-tips/techniques/joinery/lock-rabbet-drawer-joints

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#3 posted 08-12-2017 09:27 PM

It’s an interesting idea if all you have is
a table saw.

An easy way to reinforce a corner like
that is to drill a few holes from the outside
for 1/4” dowel rod, glue them in and cut
them off.

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Redoak49

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#4 posted 08-12-2017 09:35 PM

Not how I make drawers or want to.

I would like to see him with some push sticks as his fingers got too close to the blade.

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#5 posted 08-12-2017 09:38 PM

Those splines don’t make it stronger so much as making it stiffer and less likely to pull apart over time from back and forth motion.

The kerf all the way down the drawer doesn’t do anything, it is only where the two pieces of plywood but up against each other that anything is added.

Since these drawers aren’t mitered the fastest easiest way to do this was to slice straight down the side of the drawer.

You have to remember these are probably just some shop drawers. I would have cut some 45-45-90 triangular strips and glued and nailed in the corners myself if I was going for strength and speed though.

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#6 posted 08-12-2017 10:25 PM

Thanks for the replies guys.

I wasn’t really slamming on the drawers as I am sure they are just cheap and easy shop drawers. I was just curious about the long splines.

Patcollins, that’s what I was thinking is that it only real does much at the corners where the boards meet.

As Lorenzo said, if you have limited tools (just a table saw) I can see where this would be the easiest way to add the splines.

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AlaskaGuy

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#7 posted 08-13-2017 12:46 AM

If all you have is a table saw you can make lot of joints

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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RichTaylor

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#8 posted 08-13-2017 01:10 AM



If all you have is a table saw you can make lot of joints

- AlaskaGuy

I followed your helpful link, AG. Looks like I might have been the only one.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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JackDuren

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#9 posted 08-13-2017 05:51 PM



That looks like a complete hack to me. Those are really crappy drawers to begin with, and the splines add very little. I d say this guy needs to be watching videos to learn good construction techniques, not making videos.

- RichTaylor

You shouldn’t be negative. He can make a drawer anyway he wants.

Don’t judge….

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RichTaylor

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#10 posted 08-13-2017 05:59 PM


You shouldn t be negative. He can make a drawer anyway he wants.

Don t judge….

- JackDuren

You just judged me, Jack…lol Yes, he can make a drawer any way he wants, even the crappy way he did that one. I can also call them as I see them.

Don’t be a hypocrite….

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#11 posted 08-13-2017 06:01 PM


You shouldn t be negative. He can make a drawer anyway he wants.

Don t judge….

- JackDuren

You just judged me, Jack…lol

Don t be a hypocrite….

- RichTaylor

Sad….

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RichTaylor

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#12 posted 08-13-2017 06:03 PM

Sad….

- JackDuren

Yes you are, Jack. Mind your own business. And don’t judge people, judge workmanship. I judged the work in the video — you judged me. If you can’t see the difference between the two, you’re beyond help.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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TaySC

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#13 posted 08-13-2017 06:06 PM

A drawer is 2 sides, a front, a back and a bottom. How they are put together depends on how fancy you feel the need to get. For shop drawers, butt joints are just fine IMO.

All of that is off topic, however. The thread was started to simply ask what his purpose was for the splines and if they achieved anything more than strengthening the corners.

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JackDuren

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#14 posted 08-13-2017 06:07 PM

Sad….

- JackDuren

Yes you are, Jack. Mind your own business. And don t judge people, judge workmanship. I judged the work in the video — you judged me. If you can t see the difference between the two, You re beyond help.

- RichTaylor

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