joining 2x4's


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Old 01-03-04, 01:27 PM
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joining 2x4's

i need to join two 2x4's side by side. they are 18 inches longs and i need to join them side by side to make the width of a 2x8. what precautions should i take so that they wont warp after i join them. Also i want to use dowels to join them should i stick them all the way through?
 
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Old 01-03-04, 11:19 PM
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How are they going to be used? Asa short post, or a beam?
 
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Old 01-04-04, 08:34 AM
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They are going to be short legs on a coffee table im building. Before i used 2x8s for the legs. The reason is I dont need all 8' of the 2x8 that i need to buy but I will have enough 2x4 to put them side by side to give it the same look. Basically its only two legs 18 inches long on each side of the coffee table.
 
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Old 01-04-04, 12:36 PM
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To get the 2X4s to match up smoothly, you will need to plane or cut off one side of each to butt them together.
Dowels half-way into each 2X4, with dowels and 2X4 edges glued, should work.
I think that before I did all this, I'd just buy a 2X8, and save the 2' left over for another project, but that's your call.
Good Luck!
 
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Old 01-04-04, 09:33 PM
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I'm with OldGuy. The work to make it look the same as the 2x8 legs is worth the price of the leftover stock. If you are like me, you will find a use for it within the year.
 
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Old 01-04-04, 09:48 PM
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you guys are right

you guys are right. I just had to hear it from somebody besides my wife. "Quit being a tightwad Tommy!!" Ill take yalls advise and just buy a two by eight its a lot easier and ill use the leftover stock soon......Thanks!!
 
 

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