04:13AM | 08/09/05
Member Since: 06/20/05
53 lifetime posts
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...

< gary


09:19AM | 08/12/05
Member Since: 07/01/05
91 lifetime posts
You could treat the biscuits to prevent rot, but I think dowels would be stronger.

I would join the pieces using dowels, which have been treated with Cuprinol.

I would not use liquid nails, but instead use urethane glue.

just my 2 centavos



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