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Forum topic by kasbeam posted 09-05-2013 08:35 AM 1426 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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09-05-2013 08:35 AM

Topic tags/keywords: joinery danish mid-century joint


I’m looking to build a desk inspired by the mid-century Danish one in the attached photograph, and am at a loss as to how the top (which I am guessing, from what I know of fine Danish pieces, is solid) is attached to the sides (also solid). It appears to be a hidden bevel/miter joint, but what is most baffling to me is that the top and side grain run in different directions.

So my question is: How did these mid-century makers pull this off without wood movement becoming an issue? All my ideas for a hidden joint (dowels? biscuits? lock miter?) seem as if they would violate the rules of wood movement.

Any advice would be hugely appreciated. Many thank

-- Gonzalo, California

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#1 posted 09-05-2013 11:29 AM

It’s veneer.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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