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Forum topic by plang posted 03-05-2014 09:58 PM 498 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-05-2014 09:58 PM

I am in the process of making two small corner shelves, 24 inches tall by six inches deep with three shelves each. Just want to know if I am asking for trouble by just joining the edge to the face with just a glue joint. The are made out of some recycled pine. Thanks.

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#1 posted 03-05-2014 10:20 PM

That’s going to be a pretty weak joint. I would at least cut a dado or a sliding mortise and tenon joint for added strength.

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#2 posted 03-05-2014 10:24 PM

^I agree. You can also screw from the back or use dowels for added strength.

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#3 posted 03-05-2014 10:43 PM

I’m not sure I’m completely following; are you asking about joining the the two sides together at 90 degrees, so that the edge grain of one side butts against the face grain of the other? If so, I would think that would be more than strong enough for a piece the size you describe. A long grain to long grain glue joint is strong. THis is how most face frames are attached.

If you’re asking if you should butt joint the end grain from the shelf to the side with just glue, I would not, since that is a weak joint. A dado, dowels, or screws would be a good idea as suggested.

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#4 posted 03-05-2014 10:59 PM

Just glue is fine if you have 2 good faces/edges. The wood will go before the glue.

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#5 posted 03-05-2014 11:04 PM

Add dados or biscuits and it will be fine.

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