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Good morning all, I am starting a piano bench for my daughter-in-law and I'm not sure whether I should use standard mortise and tenon joinery or use dowels. I know the mortise and tenon will probably be a little stronger but am not sure if dowels will be sufficient. any feed back would be welcome!
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I personally would go with the mortise and tenon.

The few pieces of furniture I have built I always try the mortise and tenon if possible. I always think more strength is better, and where it will be something you will want to last, you may want to try it this way.

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Good morning all, I am starting a piano bench for my daughter-in-law and I'm not sure whether I should use standard mortise and tenon joinery or use dowels. I know the mortise and tenon will probably be a little stronger but am not sure if dowels will be sufficient. any feed back would be welcome!

If the joinery is a condition of butt pieces, I would use a M&T. As for dowels, in essence a dowel can be considered a "loose tenon". M&T's usually consist of a larger fitted piece considered the "tenon", and therefore would be a stronger joint. The principle of the M&T in this situation is that the M&T eliminates one of the glued ends of the tenon.

In actuality, for a butt joint, a single large loose tenon (round) would be easier to fabricate. Whether it would be as strong is doubtful.






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I stumbled onto pocket joinery some time ago and haven't done a mortise/tenon or dowel joint since. It is sooooo much easier/faster/stronger than either of the other 2 methods. If you can hide the actual joinery, pocket joints can't beat. The purists will frown on them, but for speed and strength they are a winner in my book. Good luck, Mike
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I just started this week using pocket hole joinery, really like it I will be using it a lot incredibly strong joints, you can hide them lots of the time- really quick & strong.
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I Would Use A Mortice And Tendon Or Loose Tendon And Mortice Joints. I Feel They Are Stronger And Will Out Last
Most Other Joints, I'll Most Likely Will Get In Trouble For Saying This But This Is How I See It.
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