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Forum topic by zindel posted 04-03-2014 03:19 PM 801 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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04-03-2014 03:19 PM

Okay guys i am having a little bit of a debate with myself. I have been working on making a cedar patio furniture set and so far everything has been coming along nicely. I am at the point where i am going to start adding the back slats that the cushions will be resting against. These are vertical slats so they will be attached to the top and bottom of the backing.

Now for my debate…I can do it two ways…(that i can think of) First i could cut a dado down the top and bottom rails and insert them with a small tenon, or i could create a mortise (all 44 of them). Obviously the dado would be faster and much easier as i don’t have a mortise machine. My worry is that water would damage the bottom rail as it would pool in the dado if it ever got into it. I have a covered deck so it shouldn’t be that often but it can blow water if in there if its windy…

Thoughts, suggestions? What have you all done in the past?

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#1 posted 04-03-2014 04:03 PM

How about adding a few “drain holes” in the bottom of the dado? Unobtrusive as well.


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