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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 11:03 pm 
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hi everyone, long time no talk. for those of you who have done alot of turning, have you ever used a bridal joint in your square stock before turning it into a spindle????

here's the deal....i have some 1 1/2" square stock that's not long enough for what i want to do so i got the bright idea to use a bridal joint to connect three pieces together, then glue them, peg them, before i round them into french pastry rolling pins.
question #1 - will the joint hold together while i'm turning or will the joint fly apart??
question #2 -will it hold up for a long long time??

thanks in advance for all you comments and suggestions.

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Face grain to face grain will glue just fine. Longer joint will give the most surface, unless you want to try something like this splice. http://www.routerworkshop.com/boxjoints.html

Make them short of snug and glue fast, before they swell. DAMHIKT


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:34 am 
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Without seeing what kind of wood you have my first inclination would be to turn a spigot/tenon joint between the pieces. Perhaps if there's any contrast it would be attractive to make the two ends different from the middle. So there are two joints instead of one in the middle so to speak.

I would make every effort to make sure the joint, no matter how it's made, is tight all the way around to prevent anything getting within making it hard to clean.

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I think it will work well. Be absolulely sure that the glue has cured well. And that the joint is well fit. no voids.

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GRIZZZ 66: I am not a turner. None the less, it seems to me that what DENNIS S suggests makes the most sense to do what you are aiming for. I might drill a 2-3 inch deep 1/2 " hole in the mating ends of the raw blanks and epoxy in an appropriatly sized dowel then turn the blanks. That seems to me would give a stronger joint than a bridle joint for the end use, provided the ends of the blanks would give a good glue joint also.

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Feeling frisky? http://lumberjocks.com/lew/blog/6086 Make the joint decorative. Bridle, dovetail, scarf, or whatever combination you fancy. Just make sure you have a lot of long to long.

A simple tenon is NOT decorative.


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