flat pack joints too tight - Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 3 Old 12-29-2011, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 1
View johnnyg's Photo Album My Photos
flat pack joints too tight

apologies if this question is basic for some on this list, but any help is much appreciated!!

I bought an outdoor teak furniture set from Home Depot. The assembly instructions say to apply glue to the slots, insert the slots in the tenon, and hammer with mallet.

The 2 inside slots were too tight for the inside tenons (the larger outside tenons fit). I tried hammering repeatedly but no joy - see attached photo. Did not even try glue.

This affected multiple pieces of furniture. I have been storing this in the (partially exposed) sun patio which has been a little above freezing. I also tried heating the slots in front of the fire to try and expand them but this did not help.


Many thanks,
John
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	furniture joint.jpg
Views:	278
Size:	101.1 KB
ID:	34510  

johnnyg is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 3 Old 12-29-2011, 06:27 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Maine
Posts: 1,932
View Hammer1's Photo Album My Photos
Looks like a dowel in the picture. Check the length to make sure it isn't bottoming out. You probably don't have a drill press and bits to re drill the holes if the dowels are too tight. You could use a file or wood rasp around the perimeter of the dowel to reduce it's size, just try to be careful and even all around. Good thing you checked the fit before using glue, always do a dry fit.
Hammer1 is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to Hammer1 For This Useful Post:
johnnyg (12-30-2011)
post #3 of 3 Old 12-29-2011, 06:35 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Florida Panhandle
Posts: 12,477
View GeorgeC's Photo Album My Photos
Did you try any sandpaper? Or anything else that will remove small amounts of wood? That often helps make something that is too big fit something that is smaller.

George
GeorgeC is online now  
The Following User Says Thank You to GeorgeC For This Useful Post:
johnnyg (12-30-2011)
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Problem with the Craftsman C3 19.2 volt Lithium-Ion Battery Pack soltc General Woodworking Discussion 15 05-06-2015 11:20 PM
If ain't tight it ain't right 1Pretengineer Tips, Tricks, & Homemade Jigs 13 09-27-2011 06:12 PM
How tight is too tight? bblock Joinery 7 06-02-2011 01:41 PM
Fixing my Racal Airlite Powered Respirator Batter Pack rizaydog Woodturning 2 02-28-2011 03:23 PM
Gluing: How do you know when the clamps are tight, but not too tight? dejones General Woodworking Discussion 10 01-12-2011 07:40 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome