|Forum topic by Dallas||posted 04-15-2012 04:32 PM||3966 views||0 times favorited||14 replies|
04-15-2012 04:32 PM
I have a number of small pieces of aromatic cedar that need to be joined at odd angles and directions.
I tried gluing, but the joints aren’t very strong, mostly because it’s end grain to end grain but also partly due to the natural oils in the cedar.
The joints will be visible from both sides and so I can’t use nails or brads.
The joint’s themselves will be less than 1 1/4” long by 1” thick and using a biscuit jointer on them would be nearly impossible. Moreso because I don’t have one.
I thought about using splines, which would work but would show and wouldn’t be overly strong. Then I thought about making homemade biscuits.
Since I’ve never used or bought biscuits, I was wondering if someone could soak a biscuit and tell me how thick it is before and after. My reasoning is that if I soak some wood, (beech, sycamore, oak, hickory, sweetgum, hackberry, chinaberry, or about anything else I’ve got laying around), and then compress it in the vice, I don’t want it to expand too much and crack the cedar when it is put in the glue joint.
Am I over thinking this? Is there an easier way? I thought about using a doweling jig and dowels, but that would be a bit time consuming and I have to make at least 75 to 100 of these in a short amount of time.
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