STL319: You make your own dowels?

Same species for loose tenons?

From Christopher:
I’m wondering if there is an advantage to using the same species of wood when doing loose tenon joinery. Eg. if the workpieces are pine, would it be better to use shop-made pine dominoes vs the white oak Festool iteration? One wouldn’t use wildly dissimilar or oily wood for a glued tenon; But as far as the usual suspects available in the building materials section, is this worth considering for the quality/longevity of the glue joint? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Rock-Solid Miters with L-tenons

For Duncan Gowdy, the L-tenon miter joint allows for more straightforward assembly than typical splined miter joints

Domino System Changes the Game for Making Furniture

Tim Celeski offers tips and techniques for the revolutionary Domino joinery system.

How to Make a Floating Tenon

Mill the tenon stock once you’ve established the size of the mortises

Groovy dowels or smooth?

From Luca:
Store-bought dowels have these grooves in them to avoid glue entrapment at the bottom of the hole – but to me, the grooves seem pretty deep. Makes me think homemade dowels without grooves would create a stronger connection. What are your thoughts on this matter?

Making Hardwood Dowels

Choose your own lumber and diameter to produce custom dowels for pinning small joints

All About Dowels and Biscuits

Mario Rodriquez explains why dowels and biscuits are adequate substitutes for more traditional joinery techniques.

Tool Review: DFM Dowel Plate

Mike Pekovich takes a look at a great dowel plate that’s sold at a great price.

To CAD or not to CAD?

Also from Luca:
I just create designs and plans with pen and paper. I draw the project to scale but I’m never confident that this design will actually look good in real life from different angles. For my next bigger project I will definitely make a life-size mock-up. But after that, I was wondering if it was worth the effort to learn how to model a project with some kind of CAD program. In your experience, does it replace the need for mock-ups to get the proportions right? Or did you ever model something that you were very confident in and then once you built it, it just didn’t look as good?

Composing: A Flexible Design Process

Keep options open from the initial idea to the finished piece

sketchup for furniture design

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