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Making secure and easy end joints

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What is the issue?
Wood screws tend not to bite securely into an end grain making it difficult to make strong end-joints with wood screws alone.

Why address this?
If a secure joint cannot be made with a screw joint the job may need a wood joint that will require a significantly higher degree of wood working capabilities, time and effort.

How to address this?
Drill and place in dowels for the wood screws to bite into as presented in figure 1.

With thanks to:
Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession.

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