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Forum topic by calbear81 posted 07-21-2008 08:33 AM 4328 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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calbear81

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07-21-2008 08:33 AM

Greetings LumberJocks!

I’m trying to start a project to build a piece of furniture that’s more modular so I’m looking for ways to connect the different wood pieces with interlocking joints/connectors.

For example, I want to have a 2’ tall round wood pole but have it be able to accomodate more pieces to lock into it on top until it gets to the “end” piece which is a piece with a finished top side (whereas a connection piece would have a female connctor on top and a male connector on bot).

I’ve been looking online and can’t find the types of connectors that I would need and can use with wolid wood. These should be snap-type or push-release types of connectors that can be quickly assembled and disassembled without tools if possible.

Can anyone point me in the right direction?

Thanks,

Roger


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#1 posted 07-21-2008 12:02 PM

Rockler, the name of the category is Knock Down Fittings and Connectors. Hope this helps.

-- Berta in NC

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#2 posted 07-21-2008 07:17 PM

Thanks Berta,

These are great but I’m actually looking for something a bit different.. hmmm.. I’m looking for something larger that would mount by screws to the end of a piece of wood that would allow it to twist/lock into another piece with the other receiver connector. What I’m trying to build is a modular cat tree which would allow me to reassemble it like legos whenever my cat gets bored of the configuration. As such the connectors need to be strong enough to support movement and about 20lbs of weight max and they should snap/on/off of different receivers easily.

It’s hard to explain but I can visualize it in my head. The connector pieces would have a inset drilled into the wood and the connector would lay flush with it so that when they connected it would be as seamless as possible between the two pieces. It has to be larger so that pushing the pieces won’t snap/crack the solid wood I’m planning on using to ensure it’s lightweight but strong.

Thanks!

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#3 posted 07-21-2008 07:26 PM

I’m thinking keyhole bit and screw with epoxy, I’ll keep looking for a while. Like to shop, love spending someone else’s money, and it is too hot to go out to the shop.

-- Berta in NC

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#4 posted 07-21-2008 07:51 PM

I just checked woodworkers supply. They have a few interesting things that might work. KD biscuits that are put into a slot made with a biscuit jointer. INTERCHANGEABLE JOINT FASTENER SYSTEM this looks like a connector bolt and nut that is super easy to do. Go to http://woodworker.com/ and on the left side click fasteners. This is where the knock down hardware stuff shows up. I have shopped there before (did I mention that I like shopping?). They are a good place to do business.

-- Berta in NC

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#5 posted 07-21-2008 07:52 PM

My Dad made something like that for my sister’s cat, years ago. He used PVC pipe as the vertical support pieces and attached round wooden blocks to the horizontal pieces. The base was a piece of ply with a grid of blocks. My sister was able to disassemble and reassemble it into several different configurations. All the pipes where covered in twine and all the perches were carpeted.

-- Todd, Richfield MN

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#6 posted 07-22-2008 11:36 AM

Could you do this with thread cutting tools and put male/female threads directly on the wood pieces and screw it together?

-- Use the fence Luke

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