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post #1 of 4 Old 07-23-2020, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
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Type of joint you would use

I've been tasked to build a twin bed. the headboard and footboard look similar to the attached drawing, so its a very simple design, the question I have is I've been using pocket join up to now, but I would like to start messing around with mortise and tenon or dowels. Which join would you use ? The legs are 2.5" and the top/bottom are 2" while the vertical slats are 1x4's. I guess I would also ask, which ever join I use, should I glue all the pices or just glue up the frame so the slats can move with expansion? Sorry if this is simple questions, but I'm kind of novice so I'm learning as I go, I'm looking to make it in either southern yellow pine or poplar since it will be painted.

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A dado or groove. And refill. Or a M&T....
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I would use mortise & tenon and glue all joints.
I would choose poplar over pine.
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post #4 of 4 Old 07-23-2020, 08:55 PM
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Being the first one your doing, Id use pine of the 2 you mentioned. Much less expensive if you need to replace pieces messed up in the process of trial and error.

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dowels, expansion, joint, pocket screws, tenon

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