Best joint for a bookmatched panel?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Designing Woodworking Projects forum

Forum topic by ptkaster posted 02-09-2014 11:22 PM 799 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
View ptkaster's profile


36 posts in 2080 days

02-09-2014 11:22 PM

A customer on my Etsy just requested an order for a 16 X 16 panel. I have a 2” thick walnut slab that I will bookmatch to create the panel. The customer lives in New Mexico and I live in Kansas, so I want the board to be able to adjust to the dry conditions. So, What is the best way to attach these panels? I have heard butt joint, dovetail, dowel, and lap joint, but any techniques are welcome.

My criteria are:


Adaptability(for the dry conditions)

Easiness of creation

P.S. I have a router, tablesaw, bandsaw, handdrill and many router bits, but not a router table or a jointer. I could bolt my router to a board and I am going to borrow or buy a jointer.



1 reply so far

View pmayer's profile


1026 posts in 3028 days

#1 posted 02-10-2014 02:36 AM

An edge joint with no mechanical fasteners will be just fine for this. It will be important to get the boards to come together for a perfect gap-free fit without any clamping pressure. If you can use someone’s jointer, that will work great. If you have a good table saw, you might be able to achieve a good jointed edge right off the saw blade, but if there are any gaps don’t try to overcome them with clamping pressure because the panel is likely to split in the future due to the stress.

After you have jointed the edges, put enough glue in the joint so that it oozes out a bit on top and bottom for the full length of the joint. Clamp it carefully and force the boards into alignment across their entire length as you tighten the clamps. Either wipe off the glue with a damp rag, or slice the glue off with a putty knife after it has set up a bit (perhaps an hour or so). Don’t let it sit too long as it might tear out the wood grain when you remove it.

-- PaulMayer,

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics