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Forum topic by LoyalAppleGeek posted 11-10-2017 12:34 AM 400 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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LoyalAppleGeek

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11-10-2017 12:34 AM

Topic tags/keywords: cedar western red bench swing arc curve bent laminate lamination rustic design question

Hello everyone!

I have another question concerning the Western Red Cedar Garden Swing I’m working on. The backrest is crowned with an arc and sunbeam. The sun and rays will be inset 3/16” from the face of the arc like the backrest slats below it. The arc is already attached permanently (not the best order) so I can’t remove it to secure the rays to it or get better access to the parts. I can’t glue the end grain, so do you have any tips for fasteners that would work well here? Pocket screws aren’t really an option, as the rear will be very visible. The entire bench is done with dowel joints, but that’s not possible now since I can’t sandwich the pieces in between the arc and top rail.

Thanks!


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#1 posted 11-10-2017 03:22 AM

I was thinking of drilling at an angle and epoxying nail shafts in, basically making metal dowel joints but with smaller diameter fasteners

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#2 posted 11-10-2017 03:29 AM

Pocket screws.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 11-10-2017 04:57 AM

Actually, would just glue be acceptable if it was epoxy or polyurethane glue rather than PVA?

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#4 posted 11-10-2017 05:03 AM

Use a spline bit (wing slot cutter) and cut a groove in the rails and all of the ends of the sun and rays. Put in a spline made out of the same material. Attach all the pieces then cut out any parts of the spline that show.
Glue the heck out of everything.

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#5 posted 11-10-2017 05:25 AM

That’s a good idea, I could come at it from the side that way since I can’t get a drill in there. I don’t have a spline bit though… is there an alternative method of making those grooves?

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#6 posted 11-10-2017 05:49 AM

Biscuits for the tops of the rays. Make the
sun a 3-layer sandwich and cut tenons in
the smaller ends of the rays. Glue the biscuit
ends first then assemble the sun around the
tenoned ends.

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#7 posted 11-10-2017 07:13 AM



Biscuits for the tops of the rays. Make the
sun a 3-layer sandwich and cut tenons in
the smaller ends of the rays. Glue the biscuit
ends first then assemble the sun around the
tenoned ends.

- Loren

Bingo! That’ll be perfect! Thank you so much!

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