I am building a deck and need to join the 2x2 balusters butted up against 2x4 rails. (Specifically, I am building Chippendale railings.) I am concerned that the joints be strong and also resist the 2x2s twisting over time.
It seems to me just toe-nailing them might not be strong enough. Two thoughts came to mind: using pocket screws and using a biscuit joiner. I like the latter (because it seems to me it would resist twisting better, and because I want to buy a new tool :-). But the balusters are only 1.5 inches wide: I wonder whether I could use a biscuit joiner for such narrow wood.
So what's the best way to join these babies together? Also, I am assuming that whatever I use I'd also put some Liquid Nails in the joint. Does that sound right? Thanks...
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