|Forum topic by sweets||posted 09-01-2009 04:19 PM||718 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
09-01-2009 04:19 PM
I have finally begun construction on a kids table and chair set and I have a few questions regarding the chair construction. I’m sorry but I don’t have the design on sketch-up. It is being built with red oak(3/4 in for the seat tops and rails/aprons and 1-1/4 for the legs). The joints will be dowels and glue. I have the parts milled down and I’m ready to drill for the dowels.
1. The seat is 13 in x 13 in and will made of 4 boards joined together. Is three evenly spaced dowels (3/8×1-1/2) per joint enough? I’m assuming I should glue the entire joint and not just the dowels correct?
2. The apron is only 2 in wide; the legs are 1.5 in front to back and 1.25 in R to L; and I know that I should use 2 dowels to join it to the legs, but I think 3/8×1-1/2 dowels will be too big. I know I will have to offset the dowels connecting each apron to the same leg, but is 1/4 in x 1 in dowel enough to hold the joint? I think the hole needed for the 3/8×1-1/2 dowels will create a weakness in the leg itself.
3. Would it be wise to stain and finish the parts prior to final glue up to make finishing easier? Or even gluing before the final 1-2 coats of poly?
I think I’m going to blog this project too because I know I’ll have many more questions as this is my first attempt at furniture and dowel joinery.
-- Lee ---- South Louisiana