I'm hoping to tap the collective wisdom for experience and/or pointers
to web resources.
I'm planning on making spindles for a project (an hourglass) out of two
contrasting woods (maple & bloodwood, likely). They'll be on the order
of 3/8", square cross-section. For visual aesthetics, I'd like to join
them end-to-end with a scarf joint, cut at 45 degrees (if that actually
qualifies as a scarf joint?). They'll be taking some light compression
load as well as lateral load (figure people will pick it up by the
spindles). My questions are:
1) Will a 45 degree cut suffice for gluing the joint without additional
2) Should I go for something like epoxy because of the quasi-end grain
nature of the joint?
3) I'm considering reinforcing this with a thin dowel along the long
axis (completely hidden).
I suspect my glue joint will hold up at least until I get it out of the
shop, but may not survive much wear-and-tear. The interior dowel ought
to hold, right?