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Re: Bowtie questions.....Woodworking, Really

Dick Coers
Bowties are the equivalent of making dovetail drawers. It provides mechanical strength, plus glue strength. I've seen people use a biscuit joiners to put a straight spline across the crack, so relying only on glue strength. Some splines are shot across at an angle, so more light toe nailing. Size and thickness will depend on how structural it needs to be. It's my opinion that nearly all bowties are just visual.

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