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Would it be better to miter each board and then glue up panels or glue panels then cut the miter. Im creating an L shaped top
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I think we need a little more information. What part of the board are you mitering.

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I'd glue the panels, then cut the miter. It would make a straighter line than trying to keep the boards aligned during the clamping process.
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I'd glue the panels, then cut the miter. It would make a straighter line than trying to keep the boards aligned during the clamping process.
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I'm using old reclaimed pine boards. I want an 18" deep desk top. I've ripped the boardsdown to 6" so I'll be using three of them. The "L" has got me wonderin because I was originally going to extend one side all the way thru and butt the other top to it, but I think mitering it might look better. The boards aren't all exact sizes and I want it rustic looking anyway. I also want it to be sturdy.
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I'd also suggest using a spline on the mitered joint for strength.
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I'd also suggest using a spline on the mitered joint for strength.
+1. Glue up, then miter. Having a scab support board would also be supportive. If the joint was supported by a base cabinet...even better.








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If your under lumber constraints you can do two separate glue-ups with a staggered edge.

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Thanks for the help. I'm thinking of using a board underneath connecting the two pieces or a metal fastener. The only thing that has me worried is how i can get a good miter. The boards are very rough and uneven and so I'd probably have to miter by marking a 45 and using a circular saw to make the cut.

The corner of the "L" would be floating (no support by a cabinet).....any ways to best support it? I already plan on using a cleat along the back wall.

Could I run a piece of wood underneath and diagonally across the two tops, behind the apron of the desk?

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