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post #1 of 3 Old 04-10-2017, 04:32 PM Thread Starter
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Doweling a table top?

I am trying to avoid buying a biscuit jointing machine, to glue up a table top.I was thinking of buying a doweling jig and doweling the boards together.Is this a mistake?
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post #2 of 3 Old 04-10-2017, 06:32 PM
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If you have a router, buy a 1/4" slotting (spline) cutter with a ball-bearing guide. This works better than dowels or a biscuit. Cut your spline about 1/8" norrower than your slot. If you buy 1/2" bit, it will cut 1/2" deep into each of your boards. This gives you a 1" total slot when the two boards are put together. Cut your spline 7/8" wide from 1/4" plywood to allow for a 1/16" glue line on each board.
Start and stop the cut 3" or so from each end. This hides the spline.
A slotting bit is a great tool to have in the shop.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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Butt joints will work just as well without going to all that trouble, make up some cawls, do the glue up a few boards at a time, then glue them together so you are dealing with only one or two joints, not several at once.

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