Joining thin stock
I am an amateur woodworker. My current project is a crib for a soon to some second child. The stock is Black Walnut and Cherry.
My upright slats (picture attached) are 1/2" thick strips of Walnut|Cherry|Walnut, 1/4" roundover on sides.
Bottom face plate is 4"walnut|1/2"Cherry|1"Walnut|1/2"cherry|4"Walnut, 3/4" thick. Behind that plate is a solid 3/4" walnut base plate that runs the length, but is 1 1/2" inches lower. (see diagram). Slats will butt-to-edge joint against the base plate
Basically, i have 1/2"x 2 1/4" x 24" that need to joint to the FRONT TOp edge of a 3/4"x 4 1/2" x 54" board. This will have a face plat in front of it.
My options (that i know) are to:
1. dowel joint from edge of slat into edge of base plate
2. dowel joint through slat into the back of the face plate
3. M & T joints - but seem out due to such size and the fact i have to do about 50 of them.
4. I'm leaning towards a combo. i biscuit joint the end of the slat into the end of the base plate, then put one dowel through the slat into the back of the face plate.
There isnt a lot of pressure on these, as the load is mainly held by the posts and lateral plates on top and bottom. What's everyone's recommendations?
*EDIT* having issues with picture attachment
Last edited by aareedy; 11-22-2014 at 01:59 AM.