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Forum topic by alittleoff posted 04-10-2015 01:26 PM 782 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-10-2015 01:26 PM

I’m building a red cedar flower hanging tower for my wife. This tower has a lots of 45 and 221/2 degree joints taking about 200, 3 inch screws. I built one of these for someone else and didn’t like the looks of the screws and decided I wanted to use dowel pins on this one. Question is do you think oak dowel pins will Rot? I’ve never seen treated dowel rod before, or if they even make it. Also will the dowel pins hold up out in the weather Or turn loose after a while due to swelling and Shrinking? Thanks for the help in advance.

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#1 posted 04-10-2015 05:59 PM

White oak will last a very long time red oak not as much. Mahogany would be another choice. Maybe a picture of the tower would yield more options for joinery. I would suggest using Resorcinol glue.

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#2 posted 04-15-2015 04:42 PM

I already have the cedar so I’m going to use it. I just need a good glue that will hold up in the weather. It will be screwed also.

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