Joining Materials


Joining Materials:

There are many methods to join materials like metal to metal, wood to wood or even metal to wood and visa versa. There are 3 ways to join materials.


Nails- Used where the appearance isnt important and when a quick job is needed to be done. 

Panel pins and veneer pins- Used to fix backs onto cupboards and bottoms onto boxes. Panel pins are thicker

Wood screws- Used to join metal or plastic components to wood, or to join 2 pieces of wood to make a strong joint

Machine screws- Used to join 2+ pieces of metal or plastic together. 

Bolts- Usually has a hexagonal shape. Similar to machine screws, they can join 2+ pieces of metal or plastic together

Set screws- A screw that usually goes the whole length of the material

Pop rivets- Used when there is only access to 1 side of the material

Hinges, catches and locks- Used on boxes, cabinets and cupborards, whether they are plastic, metal or wood. 


Permanent joints- When materials are meant to stay put. An adhesive, a component or the processes of soldering or welding can be used to join materials together. Jigs are often used to hold the materials together while they are being joined.

Temporary joints- When the material needs to stay together for only a short period of time. Screws, nuts or bolts may be used to do so.

Joining specific materials:

Joining plastics: Plastic products are often moulded so they snap together. To make a permanent


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