|Forum topic by WoodHoarder||posted 08-15-2012 03:13 AM||917 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
08-15-2012 03:13 AM
I’m hoping to pull upon the wisdom of more experienced lumberjocks in this this regard. The project is a pair of exterior french doors. The joints are drawbore joints. I’m no stranger to mortise and tenon joints, but I felt i needed the added strength by adding pins.
So, I drilled the holes in the mortises and drilled the tenons with a 1/32 offset. I added a chamfer to the dowels. When it came time for assembly I gave the dowels a good whack with my hammer and the above picture is the result. My wife came running out probably thinking I had cut my finger off with the amount of cursing.
The nicely seasoned cedar had blown out the back. Well, lesson learned. On the other joints, I sharpened the dowels to a nice point and gently tapped them in.
Still, I am stuck dealing with the blowout. The door is going to be painted and will be exposed to direct sunlight. It is southern CA so the weather is not particularly extreme. The joint itself turned out to be very solid despite the blowout. I have considered filling it with tight bond III and sanding it flush, or gluing the broken pieces back in.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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