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12-10-2013 10:34 PM

Building a 36” oak bathroom vanity. I am using half lap for the door stiles and rails. Would you just glue them up and clamp, or staple and glue?

Maybe there is some other way even.

Thanks

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#1 posted 12-10-2013 10:38 PM

Well staples are easy but you still have to clamp and then
deal with the staple holes. I clamp half-laps with parallel
jaw clamps or using c-clamps with cauls on each face.

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#2 posted 12-10-2013 10:41 PM

I have plenty of 6” F clamps.

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#3 posted 12-10-2013 10:46 PM

Glue, no staples.

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#4 posted 12-11-2013 12:00 AM

have you considered screws and a contrasting color plug?

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#5 posted 12-11-2013 03:38 AM

Sort of along with Shawn’s idea, I would use a dowel using a contrasting color to provide some decoration. A wooden dowel would be the strongest. Certainly clamps are needed and no staples. We never use half lap as we do all cope and stick.

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#6 posted 12-11-2013 03:02 PM

no staples.

Just glue or contrasting dowels to taste.

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#7 posted 12-11-2013 03:35 PM

Russ you will be fine with just glue. I would hate to see a staple in a door. Reminds me of a particle board five and dime bargain doorl.
Just remember square is good, flat is essential.

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#8 posted 12-11-2013 04:34 PM

Try an open mortise and tenon (slip joint) sometime. It
looks cool and is easy to cut on table saw.

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#9 posted 12-11-2013 04:51 PM

I’m with the rest of the gang no fasteners just glue. I also agree with Loren on saddle joinery it’s easier than half lap but both were rated pretty close in strength in a FWW torcher test.

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#10 posted 12-12-2013 11:16 AM

Definitely just glue. As long as the fit is decent, with regular carpenter’s glue and clamped up pretty strongly, that joint’ll hold very well. See Mathias Wandel’s test of lap joint glue-ups even with small gaps – the joints held very strong: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14Mkc63EpMQ

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#11 posted 12-13-2013 02:02 AM

jdh 122 Thats insane. I loved that clip.

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#12 posted 12-13-2013 02:18 AM

JDH, loved the vid. That guy is crazy.

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#13 posted 12-13-2013 02:19 AM

Jim, my stock was a little thin for that. Had it been 5/4 that’s what I would have done.

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#14 posted 12-13-2013 02:25 AM

Came out pretty good. Very flat too.

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#15 posted 12-13-2013 04:58 AM

Looks good Russ,what ever works for you. I’ve done saddle joinery with 3/4” a lot. 1/2 lap is still a very strong joint.

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