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I have been wondering, when edge joining if there would be any benefit to alternate the screws coming from each board rather than all screws going from one board into the other.

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There really isn't any benefit to alternate the screws like you are referring to. It seems to be a lot easier if they are all on one side so that you can just go down the line and not have to switch sides.

Is there any detriment to alternating.....

 

I've done a few round table top edge joining and I alternate the screws from one side to the other.  It just seems like you would get a stronger joint because the stress would be more spread out, if that makes sense.  I don't use glue.  I guess some kind of a test would have to be made to get true results.

I have a friend locally that puts the screws all on one side.  So I guess either way works.

My table tops are a couple years old now, and are still flat, smooth and true.   

Jim,  I have used both methods and I really don't know if alternating the sides adds any benefit, logically I would think it would but I have no data to support my thought.

I do have another edge joining technique question for anyone.    A while back someone posted a discussion on the technique they use to join angle cut edges (such as used on a half moon top to a treasure chest), I am struggling finding that posting and if anyone remembers it or knows how I can find it I would appreciate some advice.

Don, 

Is Angled Joints/Curves at pp. 27 -28 of the K3 Manual http://www.rockler.com/tech/RTD10000075AC.pdf

of any help?

Don Hays said:

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I do have another edge joining technique question for anyone.    A while back someone posted a discussion on the technique they use to join angle cut edges (such as used on a half moon top to a treasure chest), I am struggling finding that posting and if anyone remembers it or knows how I can find it I would appreciate some advice.

Richard,

Thanks for the link, I had not seen this before.  I plan on giving this a try in the next couple weeks.

Don

Don,

Hope that info helps.  Show us the result when it's finished.

Richard

I guess I have a similar edge-joing question...similar to what's covered in the reference above:

Angled Joints/Curves at pp. 27 -28 of the K3 Manual http://www.rockler.com/tech/RTD10000075AC.pdf thanks to Richard. If I am trying to join that wood triangle, what they're calling the gusset, made of 1" pine and maybe 3" on each side, is there some way of setting up the jig so as to drill the pocket hole directly into the hypotenuse edge, at right angles, so that a screw would go into each piece to be joined by the gusset? I guess it's almost the same as in the diagram in the manual, but instead of drilling the pocket hole into the side of the gusset, I'm thinking of drilling the hole straight into the edge of the gusset...Thanks for any suggestions.

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