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For stronger joints, dowel with all-thread rod and epoxy

For stronger joints, dowel with all-thread rod and epoxy

For a super-strong joint that doesn't require a lot of precise fitting, try using epoxy and all-thread rod as a substitute for dowels and woodworker's glue. Drill your holes in the same location as you would for a dowel assembly, but make the holes about 1/16" larger than the diameter of your all-thread rod.

Now, thoroughly coat your all- thread "dowel" and fill each hole about a third of the way to the top with 5-minute epoxy. Assemble the joint so that the excess epoxy fills the gaps between the hole and the all-thread rod, align the pieces, and clamp. The gap between the all-thread rod and the sides of the hole gives you a margin of error so you can reposition pieces for a better fit. And because epoxy can fill gaps while retaining its structural integrity, the strength of your joint is not compromised.

-- Gordon Little, Duvernay, Quebec

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Comments (6)
rbtpartsman wrote:

Rod, not rid ! Auto-correct isn't always correct !

6/5/2014 08:34:14 PM Report Abuse
rbtpartsman wrote:

I would just use a different method of joinery if I needed more strength, not use threaded rid ! This isn't really a good "tip" at all ! Very amateurish if I do say so myself.

6/5/2014 08:31:48 PM Report Abuse
barnagh wrote:

Beware of the big bang if you ever decide to saw through those frames...

8/29/2013 10:04:17 AM Report Abuse
cwamelotti wrote:

Without access to oxygen, the rod will not rust.

3/9/2013 11:18:31 AM Report Abuse
rbh6 wrote:

I would have concerns about the metal rusting and splitting the wood.

9/14/2012 08:03:22 AM Report Abuse

sounds to me like you need to learn how to be a little bit more accurate with what you do. take some pride in what you build!!

9/13/2012 10:21:35 AM Report Abuse

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