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Cant decide on the joinery method here.

So I am making these sofa snack trays out of some oak taken from a fallen tree in a friends front yard, and I just cant decide what joint to use. I don't mind just using screws in hidden places like underneath the bottom but I don't want to see screws in the finished product. It the face to side grain in the pictures that I am mainly contemplating. I could screw with a countersink and fill with a dowel. Or just use dowels. Or biscuits would be so easy but I am not sure about strength in this orientation. Pocket holes would be very easy but visible so... What would you all do?
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Just go with dowels, they will be hidden and give good support.

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Dowels or screws/plugs will work for the end grain butt joint. Can be a little tricky accurate drilling in face grain.

If you're not totally averse to anything showing, plugs made with a plug cutter, grain matched and installed correctly are nearly invisible.

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Maybe using stopped dados with router, straight bit, and edge guide? Better making several cuts shallow then deeper. If straight bit not wide, can be adjusting edge guide and using two dado cuts. If round end problem, easy squaring up ends with marking knife and chisel.

Dado glue joint on 3 sides strong. Can also adding dowels inside dado, making stronger.

If dowels, dowel centers with points making easy marking end grain for second holes. Dowel centers good, dado or no dado. Also needing drill guide for straight drilling.
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I'm thinking I'll go with dowels, I just don't have a good dowel jig for face grain stuff. So I guess I'll be making one.
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Do you have a plug cutter?
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No I just ordered some from amazon.
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Is that large piece of oak on the bottom part of the project. If not then a simple glue joint should be all that is needed. If you have to fasten the 3 piece project vertically to the large oak piece then use dowels.


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Is that large piece of oak on the bottom part of the project. If not then a simple glue joint should be all that is needed. If you have to fasten the 3 piece project vertically to the large oak piece then use dowels.


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Yes the bottom piece although not cut to size in that pick, is the base for the snack tray. I'm gong to dowel everything, I just hope I get all the alignments right. I made a little jig and have been doing practice joints on scrap wood making sure I work out the kinks.
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