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    I am new to woodcrafts. I am making a dog sled. I have the oak runners and six oak cross members. The sled will be 3' x 5'. What would be the best way to connect the cross members to the wood rails? I was thinking of dowels and wood glue, with metal angle brackets for support. Is this a good idea? Help. Thanks, Dan.

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    Re: Joint Connections in Wood

    Never built a sled but I would think it would be good to stay away from metal fasteners as much as possible. They will just loosen up and rust given the wet environment they will be used in. Even SS would have problems over time. Cross-pinning or wedged mortises might be one way to go. Seek out some old sleds hand built and study how they were assembled, then adapt to more modern joint configurations.
    "When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
    John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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      Re: Joint Connections in Wood

      Bob: Thanks for the input. I appreciate it. Dan.

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        Re: Joint Connections in Wood

        Never built one but,here are some links that maybe of help.

        http://www.ooowoo.com/JUNIOR/doityourself/k12sled.html
        http://www.lksd.org/Nunapitchuk/dog1.htm
        http://www.yesnet.yk.ca/schools/stel...nfo/index.html

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