Tongue and Goove
There are a couple of ways to build furniture without using nails. One is to use the tongue and groove method. To use this method, the two pieces of wood that need to be joined together are both notched so that they will fit together like puzzle pieces.
In other cases, furniture might be put together with wooden pegs. This process is similar to nails in that the peg is placed through both pieces of wood to hold them together. A hole is drilled into both pieces that need to be connected together and then hollowed out to the size of the peg being used. The peg is then tapped into place with a mallet after the wood pieces are joined.
With either of these methods, they are not left to their own devises to keep the wood together. Wood glue is also used to keep the furniture wood from coming apart. It lends strength to the attachments or joints a keeps them from slipping out of place.
Although similar to nails, screws are not the same. They can be used to put furniture together, but a pilot hole needs to be drilled first to insure that the wood doesn't split. A pilot hole is a small hole to help lead the screw in. It gives the screw room to enter the wood so that it doesn't force the wood out as it is inserted.
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