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    Opinion On Joinery

    I am planning to build a Maloof-style pedestal table to put in our Cabana. An exploded drawing I found of the table (see attached dwg) shows the three-piece legs joined with dowels at the 45 degree joints. I was thinking that a loose tenon would be a better method. Any opinions/preferences on the dowels vs a loose tenon?
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    Re: Opinion On Joinery

    I vote for tenons. Dowels are just too danged persnickity for my patience.
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    Loose Tenon!
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    Re: Opinion On Joinery

    Looks like you could use a Domino
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    Re: Opinion On Joinery

    Quote Originally Posted by ThisIsMatt View Post
    Looks like you could use a Domino

    Yes, that would be the perfect application for a Domino.
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    Re: Opinion On Joinery

    I'd go loose tenons. I've even got my old horizontal mortiser I can give you if you want.
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    Re: Opinion On Joinery

    Thanks everyone for the replies. Loose tenons it will be. I've never been a fan of dowels, anyway.


    Stretch, thanks for the offer but I can manage fine with a guide bushing and a simple jig. The dowels in the drawing were 1/2" so I'll use a 1/2" bit with a 5/8" guide.


    I rotate home in a week and I've already got more than 20 days (my off time) of projects to work on...cabinets and electrical for the Cabana, the table mentioned, four chairs and a re-work of my flagging jugs (for catfishing). Then I have 600 bf of 4/4 Pine that needs to be planed and T&G'd so I can finish the inside of my shed.


    Once the weather cools off (probably October) there's a big stack of Pine logs a friend has that we will saw on shares and I have some ERC logs to saw for myself. I swear, I continually have more projects than I have years left. Oh well, at least I'll stay busy as long as i'm able.
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    Btw, It appears that the dowels are more a matter of alignment than strength
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    Re: Opinion On Joinery

    20d nails, and a gallon of hide glue. That's my vote.
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    Re: Opinion On Joinery

    Quote Originally Posted by Wisardd1 View Post
    Btw, It appears that the dowels are more a matter of alignment than strength

    The 1/2" dowels were the strength of the joint, not just an alignment tool. They were then pinned with thru 1/8" dowels in the Maloof version. I suppose they were trong enough, especially considering Maloof used them, but I like the idea of slip tenons better. I won't pin the tenons but will probably use epoxy glue on them instead of my usual TBIII. I won't be putting that half-lapped, inset cross brace on the bottom, either.
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