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Easily create rock-solid mortise and tenon joints.

Rockler 3/8'' Beadlock® Basic Starter Kit

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Create rock-solid mortise and tenon joints with just your hand drill and this Beadlock® Kit. Ribbed tenon design prevents racking and increases the amount of precious face-grain glue surface. The result is an extremely strong, totally concealed joint. Included shim set allows you to mortise a variety of stock thicknesses, as well as to offset your mortises.

  • Patented system overlaps drill bit holes precisely to accept a special Beadlock® loose tenon
  • Mortises in curved and tapered parts are simple
  • For narrow material, rip the tenon stock down to fewer "beads"
  • It's also ideal for reinforcing glass panel cabinet doors
  • Includes four .060" shims, two .030" shims, 3/8" HSS Drill Bit and a molded plastic case with added space for the optional accessory kits
  • All Accessory Kits include corresponding guide block, HSS drill bit and shim set
(1) Anodized Drill Plate
(1) 3/8" HSS Drill Bit
(1) 3/8" Drill Block
(4) 0.060" Shims
(2) 0.030" Shims
More Information
Brand Beadlock
Manufacturer Part Number N/A
Weight 1.7000
Tech Spec
  • Beveled cutout in the drill plate allows you to precisely align the jig with your reference marks
  • Handles stock thicknesses of 3/4" and up
  • Includes all necessary hardware for cutting 3/8" joints (Tenon stock sold separately)
  • Storage case is molded with additional spacing for optional 1/4" and 1/2" drill block sizes (#38088 and #34985, sold separately)
Tech Docs
Type N/A
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Prop 65 WarningWARNING: Drilling, sawing, sanding or machining wood products can expose you to wood dust, a substance known to the State of California to cause cancer. Avoid inhaling wood dust or use a dust mask or other safeguards for personal protection. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/wood.
3.9 / 5.0
72 Reviews
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Better than I imagined!
I purchased the Beadlock system as a quick and easy alternative to the Festool Domino to do mortising for table joining. I gotta say, I'm pretty impressed. The only drawback (and it really applies only to the type of woodwork joining that I do) is if you want to do slightly looser or floating tenons you kinda have to play with the drill after you use the jig to make the mortises. But other than that, it's accurate, simple to use and I don't have to spend over $1,000+ for a domino system.
August 9, 2018
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Works great and is way easier than I would have ever thought
I have heard about and watched mortising and have been hesitant to do one in a project, but I purchased this Beadlock© starter and put it safely under the cabinet in the shop. I needed to fix the wood on the side of my mother's garage door, but I didn't have a scrap piece of lumber in the correct withe. So I pulled out the instructions and started to read. I just couldn't make sense of the instructions to I went to the fallback and found a video on "YouTube". In 5 minutes I realized it was so much easier than I thought. I went out into the shop and put in 4 Beadlock "tendons" within just a few minutes and they fit perfectly the first time. I'm very pleased with this setup.
July 23, 2018
7 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
I had read good reviews on the product
Easy use that makes great strong joints
May 8, 2018
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great Tool. Rockler makes the best. Helps me get things done in my shop.
April 2, 2018
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great service and great product
March 24, 2018
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Nice alternative to mortise and tenon
Easy to use, and set up. Should last a long time
March 6, 2018
7 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Works as promised
Works as promised
February 24, 2018
7 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great investment if you’re a woodworker on a budget
Other than clamping it down with one hand, this makes joinery super simple and almost impossible to miss your marks. Other than the loose tenon joinery, the beadlock tool also works great for a panel glue up if you don’t have a biscuit joiner.
December 15, 2017
9 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beadlock is great.
It's great. I plan to use it a lot and therfore I bought the router bit so I will make my own headlock biscuts and save a lot of money.
November 7, 2017
11 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great time saver
November 6, 2017
11 months ago
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Looks easier than dowel and stronger than pocket screws.
Blair W on Jul 26, 2018
want to try it
Al G on Jul 1, 2018
Looks easier than dowel and stronger than pocket screws.
Blair W on Jul 26, 2018
I'd like to try this type of joiner. Seems easier than other methods.
James B on Jul 16, 2018
want to try it
Al G on Jul 1, 2018
can't afford a domino.
Julie C on Jun 21, 2018
gift for my husband
Raelyn D on May 22, 2018
Plan to make a bench and need a secure way to put legs on
Leon H on May 20, 2018
I want to try it out, never used this type of connector before
Lawrence H on Mar 24, 2018
to start
BARBARA T on Mar 9, 2018
just going to try it out
Jeff V on Mar 7, 2018
I do not have one so I thought I would try it.
Charles S on Feb 12, 2018
Trying this product as an alternative to the $1000 Festool Domino
Luigi S on Feb 12, 2018
Looks like a great product can't wait to try it.
Richard L on Feb 11, 2018
Watched the video and read reviews..can't wait to try this out on a project
Patricia S. P on Feb 9, 2018
Building frame
Anthony C on Feb 5, 2018
want to try this system rather than all the set up and work to cut tenon and mortise jpoints
Ronald W on Jan 7, 2018
Works for my project.
Zach J on Dec 20, 2017
Borrowed this from a friend and found it easy to use and it produced a great joint. Much easier than the several other options I have used.
Robert M on Dec 17, 2017
As rarely as I would need to do loose tenon joinery, this should meet my needs very well.
Tom H on Dec 4, 2017
to be able to join wood and have a strong joint
Lamar M on Dec 1, 2017
For the option
Curtis T on Oct 22, 2017
This company has excellent products and its tools provide perfect solutions to our jobs
I need it for a project
Lee on Sep 17, 2017
Recommended by Sawdust Girl
Planning to make doors in bathroom
Jim O J on Aug 7, 2017
need a basic mortise & tenon jig for a small project - this looks like it will work, based on the videos
Doug P on Jul 13, 2017
kelly L on Jun 17, 2017
Making a dresser with some loose tenon joinery.
Scott W on Apr 6, 2017
I like the simplicty and sturdiness.
vinnie g on Mar 28, 2017
Looks like it makes things a lot easier.
Ronald B on Mar 9, 2017
for dowel joinery
RAFAEL R on Feb 27, 2017
It was new, and highly recommended. Worked great.
Tedd F on Feb 23, 2017
Project I am working on
Frederick J on Feb 12, 2017
easy to use
Ivan D on Jan 14, 2017
Awesome tool. A great easy and inexpensive way to make a corner joint that is strong and square.
JOHN S on Dec 26, 2016
to make easy tenons
kelly L on Nov 30, 2016
past success with Rockler Products
Blair A on Oct 1, 2016
to make tight joints
charles g on Sep 29, 2016
Looks like an easier process for mortise and tenon joinery.
Matt E on Sep 26, 2016
Basic setup for joinery
Jerry M on Sep 12, 2016
wanted to try and compare to mortise and tendon. Wow so much faster and easier . This and pocket holes wonder what you will come up with next
David D on Aug 25, 2016
So simple but so true.
We watched it being used on Youtube and what this kit can do is exactly what we need.
Sharon C on Aug 23, 2016
Joinery, try something new
DICK O on Jul 24, 2016
To make a door
John P on Jul 16, 2016
only option
Jay A on Jun 29, 2016
Likewise big mistake!
Richard H on May 23, 2016
one won't work well without the other.
Thomas D on Apr 17, 2016
I think the 3/8 size will be sufficient for most projects. I also like the idea of a quick and effective tenon. Looking forward to using it.
Gary G on Feb 8, 2016
lost my other one while moving across country
William C on Jan 30, 2016
Try something new.
Charles C on Jan 13, 2016
Seemed like a lower cost alternative to the "pro" kit. Think I can do all I need to with this one.
John W on Jan 2, 2016
Hoping that these will help our Scouts and students with their chess board projects. Instead of focusing on pocket holes - our projects can also add the option of mortise and tenon joinery.
John H on Jan 1, 2016
I'd like to try this type of joiner. Seems easier than other methods.
James B on Jul 16, 2018
can't afford a domino.
Julie C on Jun 21, 2018
How do you make a beadlock mortise on the face of a wide board? For example you wish to cut a mortise 2 inches in on a 10 inch board.
Lawrence K on Feb 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I don’t think it’s possible. On the other hand, if I’m not wrong, all downing jigs I’ve seen are the same in this respect.
Has anyone cut the tab off that prevents you from using drill bit collars? issues?
Bob D on May 13, 2017
Can the 1/2" Beadlock® Pro Accessory Kit ($59.99 each) be used with the Rockler 3/8'' Beadlock® Basic Starter Kit ($29.99
each), Or I'm I stuck buying the Rockler Beadlock® Pro Joinery Kit ($149.99 each) to make 1/2" mortises?
I'm joining some 2x6 cedar for deck railing caps and making mitered joints, but I don't want to blow my deck project budget any more than I already have. Any and all comments and suggestions would be appreciated at this point.
Joe D on May 28, 2018
Rockler 3/8'' Beadlock® Basic Starter Kit
Rockler 3/8'' Beadlock® Basic Starter Kit
Rockler 1/2
Rockler 1/2" Beadlock® Pro Accessory Kit
Rockler Beadlock® Pro Joinery Kit
Rockler Beadlock® Pro Joinery Kit
BEST ANSWER: I bought the Rockler 3/8" Beadlock Basic Starter Kit Item # 34802 ($29.99 each) and the Beadlock 1/2" Accessory Kit Item # 34985 ($27.99 each). They worked great together and the accessory kit pieces store in the starter kit's box.
Does it come in a case like it is shows in the video?
Derrick T on May 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Mine did come in a case as shown in the video. Case has space for both of the other sizes.
What about through mortises how's it look after?
Butch S on May 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You could do through tenons, but I don't think it would look good. The tenon material has a ribbed shape.
Can this be set up on a mitred joint?
Danielb on Jul 31, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, provided there is sufficient width of stock to receive the tenon.
Can you use the 1/2 inch and 1/4 inch beadlock accessories with the 3/8 inch basic kit?
George K on Feb 24, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, the 3/8” kit includes a 3/8” drill bit and 3/8” guides only
i'm making interior closet doors from 5/4 " x 3" wide clear ponderosa pine . for 36" wide doors . ideally ,what length should my tenons extend into each mortise , looking to confirm that the 3/8" thick tenons are adequate .or suggest otherwise ? the doors will have rather light weight panels also . any carpenters here built interior doors using the 3/8" beadlock system ? i've got 30 years experience. thank you .
w g on Dec 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Beadlock system is terrific. Strong and fast. Tenons should be at least an inch long.
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