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Forum topic by saw4fun posted 04-18-2009 05:42 PM 817 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-18-2009 05:42 PM

I have a project in the planning stage that I am unfamiliar with the “logistics”, but would really like to do. It involves Black Walnut, Honeylocust, and Stainless Steel rods. I still have to figure some weights to decide how big or small of rod I will need. My question is,, what would you guys recommend for an adhesive to secure the stainless steel and the wood together? The stainless steel will basically be acting as partially exposed dowels, and “stretchers” from the legs to the feet. Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 04-18-2009 08:37 PM

If I understand, the dowel will extend from the “bottom” of the leg into a foot. So there won’t be any lateral stress, right?
In that case, I’d epoxy both ends. Maybe make your holes a 32nd larger than the dowel.
What distance will the dowel span? That would make a difference in how far up into the leg you’d want to drill.

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#2 posted 04-19-2009 05:33 AM

Epoxy sounds right and don’t forget to heavily score the metal. Another adhesive that is rarely used in woodworking but works well is Silicon and priming the metal with a silicon primer gives the best results.

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#3 posted 04-20-2009 12:51 AM

Thanks guys. It will have some lateral stress but the holes are going to be 3-4” and 8” deep so I don’t think it will be a problem. fingers crossed!

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#4 posted 04-20-2009 05:42 AM

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