Take a flat surface could be a old table workbench a piece of 2×12 clamp down your edge 2×4 with 2 or 3 clamps. Some structural screws have built in washers that prevent the head from countersinking into the wood for added strength.
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How do people do it.
Connecting 2×4. Owt hardware produces strong connections as well as enhancement to your project design. Others have hex heads and are designed for use with metal framing connectors but can also be used for wood to wood connections. When assembling with glue and clamps the side 2×4 creates the front of the step for the back 2×4.
Then butt the back 2×4 to the standing 2×4 leg. Then rabbet the side 2×4 2 deep by 3 12. The 25 inch screws are not long enough it would seem i would need at least 45 inch screw.
When it comes to attaching timbers posts joists when it comes to attaching timbers posts joists and beams ornamental wood ties owt are the ultimate statement of style and strength. Then take the 2×4 you are joining to the edge 2×4 use a pipe or bar clamp that is long enough to pull the 2 pieces together then take another 2 clamps and clamp it down near the joint to the flat service screw together. Ive seen dozens of pictures of stands where the vertical 2×4 post is on top of a horizontal 2×4 but can never seem to figure out how they are connected.
For example rather than using a 2×4 you could use layered 1x4s with the breaks between boards in each layer offset from each other laminated together with screws every foot andor glue. If you want it to be strong the simplest way to extend a board is to sister it with other boards. An easy joint would be to rabbet the top of the standing 2×4 34 deep by 3 12.
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