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Forum topic by SeattlesSmoothest posted 09-19-2014 01:19 AM 1439 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-19-2014 01:19 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question joining

As the title says I am new, hello, and I need help learning this joint. I can’t figure it out at all

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#1 posted 09-19-2014 01:57 AM

A wedged thru tennon.

The extra width of the wedge prevents the joint from rotating, acts like a keyed shaft.

Also, note the grain orientation of the wedge prevents the ends from shearing off.

And, it looks damn good.

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#2 posted 09-19-2014 02:39 AM

I don’t know Sam’s methods very well, but I think
that may be a wedged tenon, cut-off and then a
slot routed with a template and plugged with the
long-grain part, more or less just for looks.

I discovered recently that the better approach with
wedged tenons is to glue only one face of the
wedge so the other can gap a little seasonally.
In the case above as I envision it the actual
wedge is hidden and the part you see is a
decorative plug.

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#3 posted 09-20-2014 05:27 AM

Thank you, I am gonna be using it to fasten stool legs on a guitar stand/stool. The legs are going to show through to the top of the seat like a dowel and I want to use this for looks, can I make the wedge out of steel or no?

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#4 posted 09-20-2014 11:51 AM

You can make it out of steel. You just need a way to trim it once you pound it in. You could probably do it with an angle grinder, but you may risk burning the wood a little bit around the steel. Nonetheless, I think you could do it out of steel.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#5 posted 09-21-2014 10:07 AM

Dear SS

I had a look into the photo you have shown.

Its possible it not a wedged tenon as such.
It is no doubt its a round tenon, however I do not think the “wedge” is actually a wedge.

Rational being, if you were to spread a round tenon with a wedge it would become oval and there would no longer be the precise round image show in the post.

The wedge may in fact be a piece of material ftted acoss the joint to prevent the tenon turning.

The shape of the wedge may be a parallel rectangular shape or it could even a round dowel as there is an apperance of a radius at the bottom.

Where did you get the picture from ?

I may do an experimental joint just to see how it turns out.

As Loren reports the wedge could below the section shown and I also agree with crank49 it does look good

-- Regards Rob

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