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Two cabinetmakers work together to assemble a large piece of furniture. One man holds the shelf in place, while the other uses a drill to put screws in place. Once the furniture is assembled, it will provide both beauty and usefulness to someone's home.
When it comes to creating beautiful and functional pieces of furniture, one of the last steps is assembly. The quality of the assembly will determine the furniture's durability and longevity.
After furniture pieces are cut, shaped, and sanded, the woodworker will determine how the pieces will be joined. The pieces can be joined using joints and glue, or they can be joined using nails and screws.
If the woodworker is using joints and glue, the woodworker can have joints made using dowels, or those using cut tenons. Once the pieces are joined together and it's determined that they fit properly and no further adjustments need to be made, they are bonded with white glue then clamped during the drying process.
If the woodworker is going to use nails and screws to assemble furniture, it's important that the right types of fasteners are chosen. Some woodworkers choose to join furniture using a combination of joints and glue and mechanical fasteners.
When determining how to assemble furniture, it's important to consider whether assembly is permanent or whether you desire to disassemble the furniture at some point. If assembly is permanent, the dowel and glue method may be a good choice. However, if you have furniture that you want to disassemble—for example, a baby crib that you want to take down and store between use, or furniture that you know you will be transporting—it may be smarter to assemble it using screws and nails. Assembling furniture with mechanical fasteners will make disassembly easier later.
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Cabinetmakers Assembling Furniture