One of the little things I enjoyed when making some pieces of
furniture was to not employ any metal fasteners. While I used
better joinery to make the kitchen furniture I recently posted, a
quick and simple method involving dowels might was used in
fastening the top of some oak furniture I made. I'll post some
photos later on.
Essentially the oak end tables, for instance, consisted of 4 final
pieces: the top, two legs and a stretcher running between the
legs just above carpet height. The table tops were 1-1/2" thick,
as were the legs, so there was plenty of "meat," to work with.
To assemble the tables, I prepared the 4 pieces, each of which
consisted of several glue-ups. The table was then assembled and
glued with no joinery to supplement the glue. Once the glue had
cured and the clamps removed, I then drilled (2) 1" holes through
the top on each end, down into the legs and inserted 1" dowels I'd
turned from walnut. The dowels were scored to permit trapped glue
to escape and on the inside of the legs, I'd drilled a hole for
this purpose as well. I repeated this on the spreader, using 3/4"
The resulting table was strong as could be and you could
figuratively park a truck on it. The exposed ends of the dowels
were cut relatively flush, then sanded smooth before finishing the
table, resulting in what I considered a decorative little touch
that was also structural in nature.
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