Knowing the distribution and values of external forces between board elements of the furniture body, the strength of appropriate connectors can be determined and the number of joints attributed to the length of the board’s edge can be therefore designed. Table 7.9 provides geometric examples, as well as the strength criteria for designing dowel joints connecting the side wall with the bottom (bottom flange) of the body of rack and flange structure. Considering this example seems to be the most effective, because in the whole construction of the furniture, this node is the most heavily loaded with all kinds of internal forces.
For design calculations, the following loads should be adopted:
• for internal vertical partitions only forces Pi,
• for horizontal partitions forces Pi and R,
• for top board forces Pi and Pk,
• for bottom board forces Pi, R and Pk and
• for side walls Pb.
Table 7.9 Strength conditions for the dowel joint connecting the side wall with the bottom (bottom flange)