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Forum topic by 12strings posted 12-15-2012 06:04 PM 837 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-15-2012 06:04 PM

I was thinking the other day about my nightstands:

...Which I made 5 years ago not really knowing anything about how wood glue works and stuff. Here’s the thing: the tops of these nightstands are simply glued onto the end-grain of the sides…that’s it. I set them on and put a heavy box on top till it was dry.

Since that time I have read alot about woodworking, about which glue joints are strongest, and I would never do that now…but I have moved these around several times, including one house move, always carrying them by just grabbing the top and lifting…so far no problems!

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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#1 posted 12-15-2012 07:41 PM

Sometimes you get lucky when you least expect it.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#2 posted 12-15-2012 08:43 PM

They’ve probably been ok since there’s so much glue surface, even if it is end grain.

If they ever do pop off, there’s a lot of easy fixes to reattach the tops.

The end tables are a nice design; I like how there’s doors on them instead of just being open.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#3 posted 12-15-2012 08:51 PM


I actually just have a door on one, left the other one open. Also, the little lip on the back of the top solves 2 problems:
-It keeps things from falling off the back.
-It lets me use the same size wood for the top that I used for the sides…but it looks bigger by overhanging the front a bit.

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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