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post #21 of 24 Old 09-11-2020, 03:26 AM
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There is a reason that there are acceptable practices, such as draw bolts. Mainly because they work.
Otherwise, cabinet makers around the world would be saving time and money by simply using mending plates.
So go ahead with the mending plates and let us know how it all works out.
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They're not the same as mending plates, the holes on one side are different, the taper on the bottom of the screw head makes them work. Some of you fellas need to put your glasses on and think before you type.
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I would make my own with regular plates and a round file, spend that 20 bucks somewhere else.
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Toby, Some of us speak from our experience. And with experience, a person learns that theory and practice do not always meet. Have you used these plates? Whether or not they have a tapered hole doesn't much matter. The issue is whether or not it will pull the bottom tight, but create a gap at the top. If the desk top pieces are fastened to rails or an apron to hold them down flat, then either these or mending plates may well work. If the desktop is not fastened down securely, then pulling them tight together on the bottom side stands a good chance of creating a gap on the top side.
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