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Tips for Using Fasteners as Temporary Joints

Knock-down fasteners create temporary joints for furniture. They have long been used on store-bought bookcases and decks. Here are several examples of knock-down fasteners that can be used in projects.

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dog bone fastener used to connect corners
Photo 4 of 4A dog bone fastener can be used to connect corners.

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To connect corners use a dog bone fastener. Miter the corners of the 'L' and use a forstner bit to drill two large clearance holes, one in either piece of wood. Use a spiral saw or a chisel to cut a connecting groove between them. Drop the dog bone into the holes then tighten the fastener together with a wrench.

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