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Forum topic by Bill Williams posted 10-02-2011 04:23 AM 2228 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-02-2011 04:23 AM

I am working with cedar for the first time. I am making Adirondack chairs. The cedar is a little harder to work with. I previously have done them all out of pine. The cedar has the tendency to crack easier. I am guess that I have to predrill all of my screw holes. I am open and need more suggestions. It makes a beautiful chair, just want to work out the problems before a customer asks for one. Please help.

-- Bill Williams, Hampton, Ga

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#1 posted 10-02-2011 04:30 AM

Yep, you need to predrill and countersink your screw holes. There are several bits that do both in one operation. You might also try ‘trim head’ screws. They have much smaller heads and don’t tend to split wood as badly as deck or drywall screws. They are also available in stainless steel so won’t rust. You need to be careful when you tighten these as you can run them clear through the soft cedar if you’re not watching closely.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 10-02-2011 05:06 PM

I use dowels where possible on cedar and failing that I first insert hardwood plugs (side, not end grain) where the screw needs to be really tight and strong. Let these dry a good long time before you screw into them or they will simply shear and rotate. Bugle head or pan head screws also have less tendency to split though the appearance may be wrong in places.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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