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Rockler Beadlock® Pro Joinery Kit

Easily produces incredibly strong and totally concealed joints.
Item #
37801
Rating:
80% of 100

Get incredibly strong, totally concealed joints with just your hand drill and the Beadlock Pro Kit. Beadlock® Pro does everything Beadlock® Basic does, but adds greater capacity and adjustability, plus the ability to create traditional smooth-sided mortises. Just pop the included paring block into the jig to provide an accurate guide for your chisel. With a 3-1/2" width capacity, it will easily handle the large joints found in tables, chairs and big casework. Slide the guide block along the rails to place your mortise precisely where you want it. Includes Beadlock® Pro Jig, 3/8" drill bit, 3/8" stop collar, 3/8" Beadlock® guide block, 3/8" mortise paring guide block and a molded plastic case with added space for the optional accessory kits. All Accessory Kits include corresponding guide block, mortise paring guide block, HSS drill bit and stop collar. Storage case is molded with additional spacing for optional 1/4" and 1/2" drill block sizes (#39882 and #36546, sold separately).


Features:
  • Beadlock® system overlaps drill bit holes precisely to accept a special Beadlock® loose tenon
  • Creates an extremely strong, totally concealed joint
  • Integral clamp
  • Infinite adjustability
  • Constructed of heavy-duty 3/8" anodized aluminum with
  • All adjustments are made with easy-grip knobs
  • Index lines on the guide block allow you to precisely align the jig with your reference marks
  • Index lines on the ends of jig, allow you to line up mortise width-wise on the piece
  • Handles stock thicknesses of 3/4" and up
(1) Beadlock® Pro Jig
(1) 3/8" HSS Drill Bit
(1) 3/8" Stop Collar
(1) 3/8" Beadlock® Guide Block
(1) 3/8" Mortise Paring Guide Block
(1) Molded plastic case with space for Accessory Kit
More Information
Brand Beadlock
Weight 7.9500
4.0 / 5.0
151 Reviews
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Right tool for the job
Needed joinery for a unique custom bench. Mortise/tenon would have taken too long and required too much layout work. Beadlock enabled me to quickly layout and drill joints. Well made, but could use additional screw downs to hold longer stock. Requires alittle finessing but once dialed in, you will love the joint accuracy
June 30, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Great tool for the money
Nice design, well constructed from quality materials. With some common sense and care, I made a nice double tenon on my first try. Instructions could be a bit more concise. I'm confident it will produce desired joints consistently with more practice. But don't expect it to do all the work for you.
April 23, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Made a strong joint less intimidating.
Overall it works really well. Would be ice to have a self centering option but understand that also creates limitations. Constructed well and if you do you're part the joints line up great. I found it pretty easy to understand and start using.
March 27, 2020
Purchased
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
High quality and simple to use
The Beadlock Pro is all I hoped it would be. With very little practice I was making easy, precise loose tenon joints. The tool is well made from high quality materials. I expect decades of trouble free performance.
Mortised, sanded, ready for dry fit
Perfect fit
March 22, 2020
Purchased
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Good tool for creating a nice mortise and tenon alternative.
March 15, 2020
Purchased
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
An Excellent product.
March 1, 2020
Purchased
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
PERFECT
Free tenon is quick, accurate and strong. What more could a person need?
February 13, 2020
Purchased
8 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Works great. Easy to setup and use.
February 9, 2020
Purchased
5 months ago
Bead lock pro
I need to build a hall tree for my wife’s anniversary.
I bought the bead lock pro to help with this project.
Once I read the directions on how to use it , I changed a few steps on how to use it.
I love this new tool.
October 27, 2019
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Beadlock Pro used on my Arm Table
Did a very nice job on the reach-over Arm Table that I made. Strong joints and easy to use.
Reach-Over Arm Table using Beadlock Pro in the joints
Reach-Over Arm Table using Beadlock Pro in the joints
October 22, 2019
Purchased
9 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
wanted to try something new.
Serafin L on Jun 29, 2020
I saw one demishrated at a woodworking show
herman r on Jun 8, 2020
wanted to try something new.
Serafin L on Jun 29, 2020
For easy mortise and tenon joinery.
Linda K on Jun 10, 2020
I saw one demishrated at a woodworking show
herman r on Jun 8, 2020
To make interior doors
Steven L on May 7, 2020
Makes creating mortises easier
Mark A on May 4, 2020
Saw this on You Tube and seemed very straightforward to use versus using a router to mortise and tenon.
Edward C on May 3, 2020
I like the idea of the profile of the beads and feel this is a better than the smoothness of the Festool dominos. Also, this system is far more cost effective.
JASON B on Apr 29, 2020
I choose this item because it seems like an efficient way of joining two pieces of wood together that also looks very nice and professional.
steelwind on Feb 15, 2020
I thought I would try it
Fred H on Feb 14, 2020
Building a big dining room table and this was a great alternative to the domino
Jerry P on Jan 22, 2020
another alternative to the expensive festool domino
Todd Sendelbach E on Nov 21, 2019
Option other than dominos
Rob C on Oct 21, 2019
I have the beginner kit and keep finding new uses for it. I am building a king size captain's bed with 3-1/2" square douglas fir posts attached to 6" X 2" runners. I decided to try the Pro Beadlock kit with 1/2 tenons.
Richard F on Oct 16, 2019
I was looking for a more economical solution to make floating tenons similar to the Festool Domino. As a one man shop, part time woodworker, I could not justify spending over a thousand dollars for the Festool Domino. This system does essentially the same function, at a fraction of the cost, (800$+) less, than “that other tool,” which costs more than some woodworkers table saws, and only performs a single task! It takes a bit longer to set up and use than the Domino, but it works great.
Brad B on Oct 15, 2019
Easy and accurate joints
John B on Oct 14, 2019
Building furniture
Thomas P on Sep 15, 2019
Going to make end tables
Barry R on Jul 30, 2019
Good value for a handy tool.
Kurt h on Jul 30, 2019
Looking to using for joinery on a table I am going to build
Gordon P on Jul 26, 2019
Hoping for the simplicity of a dowel jig and the strength of a domino
chris p on Jul 23, 2019
For my husband's birthday gift.
Ethel F on Jul 22, 2019
I'm going to use this Beadlock system instead of biscuit joinery on a stair case progect I'm going too do in the near future .
leon l on Jul 21, 2019
Buddy loves his!
K C on Jul 6, 2019
Needed an alternative to making standard Mortisse and Tenon joints
John A on Jun 5, 2019
Furniture making
Terry on May 12, 2019
It looks a lot easier to do than the alternatives I first thought of.
Rosario D on Apr 22, 2019
Love this alignment system over the standard biscuit system.
K. A on Mar 19, 2019
Getting ready to build an entry door out of Walnut. Wanted to try this system. Details to follow in the coming weeks....
Action J on Mar 7, 2019
I have a special furniture repair to make, hope this will help make it easy. Will see.
Daniel H on Feb 22, 2019
For the project I am working on.
Paul B on Jan 13, 2019
Good tool and good price
Alberto T on Jan 7, 2019
Gift for my son.
Karen H on Dec 12, 2018
gift
Jill R on Dec 1, 2018
gift
Richard P on Nov 23, 2018
Like the option of using beadloc instead of traditional mortise and tenon
Bluto on Nov 15, 2018
Seems like a cost effective way to achieve mortise & tenon strength easily.
James K on Nov 10, 2018
I want to make mortises easily
Joshua T on Nov 1, 2018
lower cost option to make tenon joints for cabinet doors where a mitered corner is desired. A biscuit would be too weak and the other design requirements would not allow screws to be used to stabilize the joints.
John Y on Aug 13, 2018
easier than doing tenon joints
Mark B on Jul 22, 2018
Alternative to the expensive Festol Domino process
Michael N on Jul 22, 2018
A friend of mine used it to make some beautiful and tables and stated that "I had to get it!"
Kevin B on Jul 3, 2018
Didn’t want to purchase a big mortising rig.
Peter H on Jun 6, 2018
I am starting a few projects which require a mortise and tenon, but the traditional options are far more expensive and least versatile.
Toure D on May 29, 2018
I see in you tube video. its good tool
Jesus Z on Apr 17, 2018
same reason
hugh b on Apr 7, 2018
to make stronger connection
james b on Mar 7, 2018
Versatility flexibility strength and price
Eric G on Feb 23, 2018
Choose because of reviews and the aspect that I don’t need the tradtional tools needed to make this type of joint
James K on Jan 6, 2018
a gift
John L on Dec 4, 2017
I need to create some mortise and tenon jopints and want to check out the Beadlock® Pro Joinery Kit as a quick otpion to setting up my Roblan Combination machine.
Team Law on Dec 1, 2017
For easy mortise and tenon joinery.
Linda K on Jun 10, 2020
To make interior doors
Steven L on May 7, 2020
Are there any plans to upgrade the Beedlock jig with improved parts to address the issues of plastic parts slipping out of alignment while drilling?

The Beadlock is a great and more affordable alternative to the Domino. I'm confident people would pay more for a beefed up version with top notch bass knobs and upgraded version.
Steven O on Aug 17, 2017
What is the minimum board size that can be used?
A shopper on Jun 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Refer to http://go.rockler.com/tech/RTD10000432AA.pdf for info on material sizing.
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 Beadlock® Pro Joinery Kit
Rockler Beadlock® Pro Joinery Kit
Rockler 3/8'' Beadlock® Basic Starter Kit
Rockler 3/8'' Beadlock® Basic Starter Kit
Rockler 1/2
Rockler 1/2" Beadlock® Pro Accessory 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.
I am building a dining room table out of walnut. I am fairly new into woodworking, but I have put in a ton of time on this project, and it been turning out great. I decided to buy and use the beadlock pro with 1/2" dowels/tenon stock. After measuring over and over I still ended up not lining up two of my leg to apron connections. They are centered, but the holes and off very minimal, maybe 1/8" at the most. That little of an off measure makes to table to line up and sit flat. Any suggestions on what I can do without keep drilling holes with the danger of the same problem?
shnewmyer on Sep 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I'd cut some plugs and make new holes and make sure you the same side to drill holes.
Can the Beadlock Pro jig be clamped on to stock 5.5" by 5.5" wide to create a tenon in the middle of the stock?
James H on Oct 6, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No, the best you will be able to do is 3.5". The jaws are 3 7/8 inches but the screw down clamp uses about a 1/4". It MAY BE POSSIBLE to replace the guide rods (silver rods held to the jaws with cap screws in the photos) with longer ones, but I am pretty sure that would void the warranty and I am not going to take mine apart to try it.
How do you ensure that the holes are perfectly aligned on the two pieces that you are morticing together?
Vern B on Nov 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I always use the center line of the pieces. Match them before I drill. And then slide them together after drilling. The bit must be sharp! This tool require a bit of practice.
Is there a Tenon Router Bit available for 1/2 stock?
Richard on May 27, 2020
BEST ANSWER: No. We only have the 3/8" router bit available. I don't think the 1/2" bit is available from any source now.
Can this be used on 45 degree miters?
Albert D on Oct 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes I have done this many times for long miters, with the jig as it ships (no special mounting system). For 3/8 the miter cut needs to be over 2" long, 2 1/2 would be better. Cut your miter. Place the miter edge up into the jig. You will need to determine the best alignment (left/right) so the drill holes are towards the inside of the miter, where there is more depth. Precisely note your alignment left right, since the second miter will need to match it, but you will be coming form the opposite angle. Suggest trying on scrap first.
Can Beadlock be used for face to edge joint?
Dale B on Sep 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it has simular thickness as dowel which would be edge thickness consideration. Other then that should work fine.
Could this system be used to attach a bread board end to a table?
Craig O on Jul 14, 2019
Rockler Beadlock® Pro Joinery Kit
Rockler Beadlock® Pro Joinery Kit
Beadlock® Tenon Stock
Beadlock® Tenon Stock
Rockler 1/2
Rockler 1/2" Beadlock® Pro Accessory Kit
BEST ANSWER: Glue the beadlock tenons to the panel. Glue only the inner tenons to the breadboard. Slot the holes in the outer tenons, so the panel can move. Pin the outer tenons through the breadboard. Tenons = beadlock inserts.
I'm planning on using beadlock on the leg of a stand and the rails. The legs are splayed at 4 Deg. So the rail ends will be beveled accordingly. Can the beadlock system work on a bevel?
JAMES R on Jul 31, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I am going to make two assumptions based on your question. One, you are going to also bevel the tops & bottoms of the rails so that they also splay outward and are parallel, and Two, that the tops of the legs will be square profile and have a compound cut (the inside corner will be long, and the outside corner will be the shortest).
Yes, as long as you will be drilling parallel to the faces of the rail board, but you will need to be extra careful in your layout. The Beadlock tenon stock will travel perpendicular to the end of the rail, so, at an angle to the grain, but must travel parallel to the faces of the rail so that it doesn't come through the faces and show. The tenon stock will travel like normal in the leg of the stand, but you are not going to have a good reference face in the end grain due to the compound cut there. Layout is key, I suggest you layout the entire tenon on each piece on the outside so that you can visualize where it needs to be and how it travels, give yourself extra space above it and below it, because in the leg it will be traveling uphill towards the shortest corner, but in the rail you will be traveling downhill towards the lowest edge (which bevels backwards and is shorter on the inside face). It may make sense to not do the top & bottom bevels on the rail or the compound bevel on the legs until after you have done the Beadlock mortises and leave that board wider than necessary (you WILL need to cut the ends of the rails to properly do this, though). Since you are not going to be able to use an end or corner as reference like you can with a square project, after you do the layout, you will need to make yourself a reference point/lines to work from with the Beadlock. You will use that set of lines for all the mortises so all the mortises will be drilled from the same reference line. You will need to drill the rails slowly because you will be fighting the grain. Good Luck! In your case definitely Measure Twice and Cut Once!
Beadlock® Tenon Stock
Beadlock® Tenon Stock
Can you use Beadlock on cedar? Would I have to make cedar tenons?
Mark K on Apr 12, 2020
BEST ANSWER: You can use it on any wood that you want to but I would use the premade tenons from Rockler. They are made of Oak and have held up on all the tables I have made.
Which way is the best buying the Beadlock basic or buying the Beadlock pro.
Thom on Feb 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: After research and thought about the the (2) beadlock fixtures I chose to buy the "Beadlock Pro" kit as it accommodates wider stock with greater ease, its kit box allows the user to purchase and store the other sizes and accessories.

While the plastic tri-wing knobs work well in many applications due to my larger hands I was skinning my knuckles too much and replaced the knobs with socket hex-head cap screws and use an Allen hex wrench to tighten those fasteners.

To insure that the beadlock fixture does not move during use I use an Irwin Quick Clamp for added insurance.

The sale price of $109.99 is a great offering and this system produces solid, well aligned joints in minimal time.
Will a 1/2" beadlock be "enough" to hold two 4x4's together for a 4x4 constructed workbench?
Potter on Feb 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have done this but I also abuse my workbench. Saying that I also would recommend drilling and countersinking a lag bolt 90 degrees into the tenon. No matter what I am doing the bench does not move!
How can I use the beadlock joinery system where two pieces of wood (base & Table top) is over one foot wide to join to 2 inch wood leg ?
Rich G on Oct 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Without some pictures, a plan drawing or something to go on, I don't have enough info. from your question to give a definitive answer.
can I remove one side plate to drill holes in wide boards?
chris d on Aug 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: If you removed a side plate, I think it would be difficult to drill the loose tenon holes accurately. The side plate keeps your alignment true.
All the joints are about 1/16 inches off,what am I doing wrong?
Jerry W on Jan 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This takes a bit of practice to get the pieces to line up. I've found that if the centerline mark is off between the two pieces that are being joined, you will have the symptom. Same when you are marking the inside edge with the bead; this mark needs to be parallel to the edge or you'll be off.
If I buy the bead lock pro do I also need the basic kit?
Hammerhead on Nov 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No not at all.
can i use a forstner bit with this jig?
BigBoss on Oct 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No. You can't drill the holes deep enough with a forstner bit. The bit needs to be in the jig for alignment and a forstner bit is very short.
How do i order the extra drill bits?
Francisco L on Apr 8, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Rockler
Are the joints produced by this tool strong enough for an exterior mahogany storm door?
H J on Feb 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, of course, with the right glue and clamping technique.
Is it possible to use this on something wider than 3 1/2”?
LEE S on Jan 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: 4” max.
Is 3/8 Beadlock too wide for use with 3/4 in boards or should I use the 1/4 inch Beadlock?
JPalazzolo on Sep 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: 3/8 is fine
Does headlock do half inch mortice ?
Leslie S on Nov 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The parts that come with the kit are for the 3/8" mortises, there are two additional parts kits available for 1/2" and 1/4" mortises that have the drill block, paring block for square mortises, drill bit, and stop collar for each size. I attached the Rockler items to this response.
Rockler 1/4
Rockler 1/4" Beadlock® Pro Accessory Kit
Rockler 1/2
Rockler 1/2" Beadlock® Pro Accessory Kit
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