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03-14-2013 04:10 AM

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Hello gentlemen!!
I recently designed a children table and for such design I came up with the corner joint shown in the picture. It is not the simplest way to do it but I decided I wanted it to practice woodworking techniques and as a little personal challenge :)
I am about to start cutting the pieces but I wanted to run this through you guys to see if anybody has a suggestion on how to do it using power tools. The down step and detailed corner is the challenge. I am planning to use a router to remove most of the material and a dremel multimax to do the detail corner.
The square area is roughly 1.5×1.5 inches so it’s small, thus the use of the dremel.
Ok, all suggestions will be very welcomed!!
Thanks for looking.
Regards from Hugo in sunny Mexico :)
PS. I did the drawings in Turbocad 16. I’ve found this software very useful and it is affordable.

-- Better to start now than wait :)

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#1 posted 03-14-2013 04:17 AM

A router, than clean up the inside corners with a chisle. All the dado’s with the table saw.

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#2 posted 03-14-2013 04:26 AM

I agree with higtron. You will have more control with a chisel than with a Dremel. The cuts will be cleaner and smoother and for joint that are glued, smooth is really important.

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#3 posted 03-14-2013 10:17 AM

I recommend you try SketchUp.
It’s free.
It does take some time to become proficient.
Well worth the time.

Did I mention it’s free?


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#4 posted 03-14-2013 12:44 PM

I would agree with the gentlemen above in one very important aspect – it is an overly complicated joint for a table for children. When i build things for my kids I want something tried and true that I know will support them, will last, and will be the safest for them to play with.

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#5 posted 03-14-2013 12:57 PM

I would agrre with the above gentlemen. Not a very strong joint esentially a complicated butt joint with the only strength coming form the little bit of overlap in the cornerfor additional strength you might consider adding dowels in the butt joint areas. If you are wanting to practice joinery go with a mortise and tenon.

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#6 posted 03-19-2013 05:13 AM

Thanks for the honest feedback. I think I didn’t include the context on my design.
Just for reference there are 16 drawings done for this children table. I just hope my engineer degree shows a litte on the design :) I am positive it will be rock solid, I think I even overdesigned the structure but anyway… :)
Below some pictures of the overall project. The concept is that of a frame inside a frame. This means that the edges of the table will “frame” the table cover which I’m planning to make of a different material than the structure and then this cover frame has edges that will “fit” inside the cuadrangular beams attached to the legs. The specific joint I pictured originally is of the surface frame. It is not a structural joint. The frame will be bolted to the beams shown below which have mortises with the legs and the triangular supports for additional rigidity.
Hope the design is a little more clear now.
Thanks higtron and roger in colorado for the feedback on the method to do it. All others feedback is well received as well :)
Additional comments are welcomed!!

-- Better to start now than wait :)

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#7 posted 03-19-2013 06:32 AM

Please remember to post pictures of the finished project.

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#8 posted 03-19-2013 07:31 AM

In considering milling the profiles, you may want to
consider grain orientation. Gluing up the lower leg
of the profile would not only save material wastage,
but allow more control over movement and squareness.

Also consider that if you do something that’s purposefully
hard to do but which doesn’t fit in with general
preconceptions about what advanced woodworking
is (e.g. marquetry), most people won’t appreciate it.

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