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How to modify this design - outdoor sofa

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Joel Brown19/05/2020 12:06:42
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Hi Guys,

New to the forum and woodworking in general!

I'm looking to create an outdoor sectional sofa, and came across this plan: **LINK**

It looks pretty easy for a beginner, however I do have some concerns over just how strong some of the joints are. From trying to do my own research I understand that screwing into the end face is a big no no, and that seems to happen a lot in this project.

It appears that pocket joints may be a suitable alternative, but again I've read they aren't the strongest. I've seen M&T joints and adding in hardware also suggested...

Is anyone able to offer up any advice as to how to adapt the design to make it more robust?

Thank you all in advance and looking forward to learning more!


Cedric Wheeler22/05/2020 11:17:43
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Hello Joel

I haven't looked at this design in detail, but modern screws will hold in end grain providing that the screws go into the end grain at least 40mm. If you are a beginner at woodworking any mods might be beyond your capabilities.

Also put clearance holes through the timber that you are joining so that the joints pull up tight, don't just rely on an impact driver to pull it up as you can easily strip out the thread in the end grain

The important thing is to make sure that you treat all the end grain with wood preservative prior to assembly or it will rot fairly quickly.

Good luck with your project.

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