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watermark

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575 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question joining

I am in the process of making a coffee table with a cross cut slab of Albizia about 3” thick similar to this table.

the table in the pic I used 4 biscuits to join each leg to the slab but I made it for my self so if the joint fails it just part of the learning curve the table I am making is to sell so I want to make sure I do it right. IS a biscuit jointer the right way to go about it or is there a better method.

Thanks for any help.

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb


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TCCcabinetmaker

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#1 posted 575 days ago

Honestly, I would think doweling would be a better way to go.

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Bill White

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#2 posted 575 days ago

Mortise and tenon joinery will give ya a strong joint. Through wedged tenons might look cool.
Bill

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Marcus

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#3 posted 575 days ago

I agree with both the posts…a through M&T joint would look very cool and a dowel would be a considerably easier and strong solution too.

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Cosmicsniper

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#4 posted 575 days ago

Yep, dowel or M&T for that one. Love the wedged tenon idea!

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rockindavan

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#5 posted 575 days ago

I have used dowels in a similar situation and it is still going strong. You could use multiple dowels for more strength. Just drill the holes you want in a piece of plywood then use that as a template for table and legs so the dowels line up correctly.

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#6 posted 575 days ago

I’d use a colorful wood dowel even if I have to turn it myself. I’d use aluminum or steel dowels under the table to give strength where it would not show. In fact I’m designing my living room furniture out of 8/4 walnut and plan to use 8/4 on the legs which will be more of a teardrop design and plan on steel dowels to join it.

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crank49

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#7 posted 574 days ago

Dowels, big ones, or floating tenons.

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watermark

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#8 posted 574 days ago

Dowels it is… The wood I have for the legs is not long enough for the tenons. I have 3 more slabs from the same stump and plan on trying through mortise and tenon joints on the next one. Thanks for the advice.

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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a1Jim

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#9 posted 574 days ago

If you have room for dowels you have room for a loose tenon.

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nwbusa

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#10 posted 574 days ago

If you have room for dowels you have room for a loose tenon.

Basically the same concept, just different shapes.

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#11 posted 574 days ago

Yes and no, loose tenons can have much more mass to them than dowels have making them much stronger.

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