Bookshelf with Keyed Tenons - Glue or not to Glue?

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Forum topic by JackMoony posted 09-05-2012 04:34 PM 1102 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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09-05-2012 04:34 PM

I wanted to see what you guys know. I built a couple Roycroft Bookshelfs that each have 2 shelves with keyed tenons. They also have tops secured with dowels. My question is should I use glue either shelves or the tops to the legs. I just seems strange to ONLY glue the top, but also gluing the keys down seems strange too.


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#1 posted 09-11-2012 01:47 AM

Without deminsions it would be hard to say yes or no. If the shelves are solid wood and deep, as long as they sit solid in the tenon then no glue. Reason being you may need to think about seasonal movement.

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