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You could use one of the many variations of the mortise and tenon joint, depending on the look you're going for. Though I agree with HerrBag, that the strength of a mortise and tenon joint should not rely on glue. Tusk Tenon This is a through tenon variation, where a wedge is used to lock the joint together. Fox tail (Wedged) Tenon This is another through ...


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I would definitely use Pocket-hole joinery My brother got me a jig that is very easy to use, and the joints are incredibly strong even without wood glue; also if you use glue the joins are "self clamping". Basically this allows you to edge-join, or do 45 degree angles, etc. just by drilling a couple of perfectly angled holes and screwing the pieces ...


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Mortise and tenon joints do not need glue to be strong. If they fit tightly and are oriented properly to carry load through the post (like a stud) and the tenon stabilizes lateral loads, it only need to be secured with a peg or screw. Tester101's tusks would be good for the slats. I was envisioning table type aprons for the corners.. This photo shows ...


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Strapping You could use some form of strapping on the back side. With this option, you can extend the strapping and use it to attach the whole bit to the workbench. Bored Holes You could bore holes on the edge of the top or bottom piece to about half the width of the board, then use screws to fasten the two boards together. You'll likely want to use a ...


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I know it as a butler's tray hinge, or drop-leaf hinge.


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If the benches that you have are indeed the Norden style of benches from IKEA like this: Then it would be possible to shorten them slightly by cutting an equal amount off of each end if the bench top. Several things to consider when proposing to do this: Some IKEA products are made of a particle board that is veneered with a nice wood face and edges. If ...


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Given that you don't have joist hangers, the solution seems clear to me. Set your three posts under three beams. Lay your joists across the beams. __________________________________________________ | |_____________| |______________| |_____________| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |...


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As you say you want to use screws and it's non-structural, I'd go with: Get some 4" wood screws, drill half way down through the upper piece with a drill slightly bigger than the screw heads, you shouldn't need to do pilot holes all the way through as 2" really shouldn't split unless you use huge screws. I'd go with 4 or 5 screws along the length. Screw ...


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How do I connect [1x4 wood] together at 90 degrees while maintaining a solid connection? If you can obtain a hand-saw (e.g. tenon-saw/back-saw), some sandpaper and some wood glue, you can make lap-joints. I find they are the easiest way for me to make rigid joints in wood. To join wood the other way, for a strong joint I'd try a simple finger joint (box ...


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Some table leg brackets and screws should be all you need, besides the rails which makes no difference in this concept. Using table leg brackets will allow you to fasten and sandwich the pieces of wood material nicely with minimal unintentional industrial look. :P 4 Table leg brackets per drawer Place one bracket on top of each corner of the plywood and ...


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There are many ways to fill the holes. Here's a good link that shows a comparison of what the results look like for six different methods: http://fixthisbuildthat.com/6-ways-to-plug-fill-pocket-holes-how-to/. Getting the appearance to match in a visible area is the problem. You can under-fill the hole with any type of filler and then fill the last bit ...


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That railing is probably fastened to posts on both to the left and right of your picture. One scheme to shore up the existing railing would be to come up from underneath the existing railing with a new wood piece that is the same dimensions as the existing one and screw it up into the existing rail. If the new piece is straight it will push up the sagging ...


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Go to the library and check out a book on building decks. There are commonly accepted specifications and construction methods for decks, and a good book will walk you through the design and building processes. Also, local building codes may have something to say about the construction of a deck.


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A properly glued panel will be significantly stronger than a panel that is joined only with pocket screws. That being said, pocket screws can still be useful to eliminate the need for clamps while the glue dries. A single panel (like a tabletop made of several planks of wood glued/screwed together) will expand/contract as a single piece, hence why the need ...


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I would just drill pilot holes and screw it together, you don't need to do fancy cuts in the wood. If you need extra stability, put in a diagonal (diagonal cuts all the way across a board are much easier than notching). I would put in a small diagonal brace on each corner, although it would be easier to just use a large one across the whole frame. I built a ...


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There is a way to create such a composite timber. Actually, all other things being equal (the species, cut and quality of the wood), a built up sandwich is actually stronger than a solid piece of wood. This is done by laminating the three boards together. A generous layer of wood glue, such as Titebond II, is spread over one face of one of the boards. The ...


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It might be good to consider a sliding dovetail. Edit 11/16/13 To assemble your bed frame, the M&T joints with captured bolts with nuts to hold the corners together with the legs. Just as a mention, a good hardwood needs to be used for the assembly. regular 2X4, 2X6s and other similar materials used in the construction of homes will be too soft, and ...


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Well you are lucky because of those patio doors. What do I expect to see by patio doors - TILE! So: Go out and find some faux travertine (or the real stuff) tile. It looks like you need some 12"x12"s. Measure 24.5 inches from door all the way across. Cut out laminate with circular saw. (several saw types will work here) Glue a tile edging strip about 1/...


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In a "half" lap joint, the thickness should always be half of the material for the most strength. You're reducing the strength of the board because you're removing thickness, and the joint will only be as strong as the weakest piece. If you made the thickness ratio 25%/75%, then the 25% side would be the weakest. Lap joints are used often for 90 degree ...


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Glue and clamp to laminate the plywood together. Just be careful to make sure all the pieces are all well aligned and clamped evenly - use additional wood top and bottom to spread the clamping force evenly and avoid damaging the plywood. Also be mindful that the glue will be squeezed out of the joints so will need to be carefully cleaned off before it dries.


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Rope clamp. A rope crimping sleeve also performs the same task.


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You have a couple things going on here, so let's clarify: There's no joint that makes anything "stronger" here if you're using adequately-sized railings and appropriate fasteners to begin with. You don't need the rail boards linked together in tension. It's not important. Railings don't fail by falling off the post along the rail assembly. If they fail, it'...


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Really the only reliable way to hold boards together to make a top is to use some type of perpendicular board to attach them to like in this traditional picnic table: This type of top will normally have small gaps between the boards to make them appear more uniform. A small gap ends up looking better than a very uneven butt joint, but that can depend on ...


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Can I use your canoe rack to drive my quad up and work on it? That is a bit over built but will be rock solid. Make your cuts tight when using pegs everything is a friction fit but you have it well laid out. It appears you will be just setting it on the ground so you can move it that would be my justification for the lower horizontal braces. This should ...


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Build a frame with tracks for the filters to slide into. Use U channel for the tracks. Get 4 60.75" pieces of 0.5x1x0.5 U channel and cut notches in the sides at 20.25" and 40.5" Fold them into U shapes then join them together to make a frame. Something like this Picasso. the U channels can be connected together using rivets or welding or ...


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You could add PT 2x4 to each side of the 4x4 post cut to the length between your 2x6 top/bottom trim boards, then screw your 2x6s into the end-grain of the 2x4s. This would give you a 90° screw connection, but honestly, toe-screwing them in (from the bottom side so water doesn't collect in the holes) would probably be sufficient. If you're feeling fancy, you ...


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How about adding an option (5). The thinking is to evenly distribute the floor load to the edge beams, so the edge beams will be stressed less and deflect less than a concentrated load from the center joist. Since it is now stiffer and the space between joists is much smaller for the deck board to bridge over, the board can be thinner, and directly nailed ...


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They are joined...with wood glue. No, seriously...it actually is "stronger than wood". Bandsawn lamination is about as close as you'll get for a "specific name", though it could also be done with a router and templates. Or a CNC router, for that matter, these days. The efficient approach will result in this one and a dark one with a light section, by sawing ...


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One really strong option to consider is drawboring. These use a slightly offset hole to pull the joint tight. The trunnel (peg) should ideally be dry, straight-grained wood, but usually a home-center oak dowel will suffice. I found them to be reasonably easy as a beginner, and they even compensate for a loose joint if you don't quite get the fit exactly ...


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Which way is the 90 degrees connection going? ie are the pieces of wood in the same plane (a flat joint)? If they are, you could use a use a half-lap joint (or perhaps a mitre). Or are the pieces of wood in different planes? This gives you various options for the joint, for example: Rebated joint. Mitre Biscuit joint (possibly also with a mitre) Box / ...


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