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Thread: dowels and outdoor bench

  1. #1
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    Mar 2012
    Paynton Saskatchewan Canada

    dowels and outdoor bench

    Just wondering if dowels are a good choice for building a out door bench. There will be a top and bottom rail on the back rest with vertical rails running the length of the bench. The dowels will attach the verticals to the horizontal. Thanks

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    RETIRED(!) in Austintown, Ohio
    Dowels would probably work, depending on their size, but I'd use mortise and tenon joinery, and peg them for added strength.
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  3. #3
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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Sounds like it would work just fine.
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    Sam Maloof once said that screws are tapered dowels made of steel.
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    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    Well, I've always thought I'd be able to make a good outdoor bench, and I've been know to be attached to the horizontal plane at times....
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