Dados for this bench?

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Forum topic by drainyoo posted 05-31-2014 02:16 AM 1353 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-31-2014 02:16 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bench joinery dado rabbet

I’ve designed this bench for my home, and I want to join it all using dados and rabbets, but I’m not sure if they would be strong enough. My concern is with people sitting on it, especially in the boxed section on the left. I will be using solid walnut.

Will it work fine, or do I need to go with dowels?

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#1 posted 05-31-2014 02:42 PM

I think the strength og the glue joint will be fine. Wood movement may be a problem with the top piece of that, it looks like it will be cross grain to the end pieces. Hard to tell with no dimensions.

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#2 posted 05-31-2014 03:31 PM

Here are the dimensions. It’s 18” wide.

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#3 posted 05-31-2014 03:45 PM

Here ya go

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#4 posted 05-31-2014 05:26 PM

I think you’ll be fine. There is a ton of surface area, and it doesn’t look too comfortable to sit on anyways. If you want piece of mind, simply add maple/birch dowels AFTER the glue dries on the dadoes & rabbits. Just look for the likely area to fail, and add dowels. No need to hide them, use them as accents!

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