Assembling Your Project

  1. Hand Cutting Half-blind and Through Dovetails or Using a Router Jig


    Through Dovetail Joint Diagram drawing Dovetail joints are the most prevalent and useful joints in modern woodworking and should be a part of every woodworker's arsenal. Judging from the number of woodworking websites that feature the image of a dovetail joint, this handsome interlocking connection may be the most prevalent symbol of fine craftsmanship. As strong as they are beautiful, dovetails are popular in part because of how useful they are for building a wide range of projects — a stereo cabinet carcass, a frame for a cocktail or serving tray, the drawers of a desk, dresser or chest, etc. Even the layout of the joint’s basic components — angled pins that mate with bird-like tails — can add a stylish decorative element to practically any project.

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  2. Joinery Methods for Face Frames

    What's the best joinery method for drawer boxes? For that matter, what are the joinery methods for making drawer boxes? Here's the short answer along with a couple of suggestions: A drawer is essentially just a box, but it's a box that has to be especially square (for the drawer slides to work correctly, among other things) and has to be durable enough to stand up to the sometimes discourteous treatment that drawers typically receive. That means that in drawer making, the emphasis is on reliable, accurate joinery.

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  3. Beadlock Loose Tenon Joinery Success

    To make professional-quality mortise and tenon joints, you need a woodshop full of expensive tools, decades of experience and loads of time on your hands, right? Nope. Not if you have a Beadlock kit. With the Beadlock system and just a few common tools, you can make perfect mortise and loose tenon joints beginning with your very first try.

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  4. How to Make Modern Joinery with Scott Morrison's Butterfly Joint Template

    The Butterfly Joint was created by chairmaker Scott Morrison to help add strength and beauty to his chairs. Woodworker Scott Morrison has created a joint he calls the Butterfly™, and he hopes it makes a name for him in the woodworking world. “I wanted something unique, and something I could call my own,” Scott said.

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  5. Finger Joint Bits Add Strength to Miter, Plywood & More

    finger joint router bit

    Finger joint bits, like this one, make solid molding cuts and add strength to your standard miter joints. You’ve seen paint-grade moldings at the home center — the stuff made up of those short pieces joined end-to-end with finger joints.

    Have you ever thought how great it would be to “stretch" a board like that? Did you know you can cut that joint on your router table?

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  6. Does It Matter if You Cut a Joint Edge or Face First?

    Woodworking Question: I have read a number of articles on using a jointer or jointing a piece for a project. Some say joint an edge first, others say joint a face first.

    Which is the right way, or does it matter? See what our experts have to say.

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  7. Crisscross Corner Joints Give Extra Stability

    Criss Cross Corner Joint

    Woodworking tip: Did you know notched criss-cross style tenon joints give corners a little extra stability and increase the amount of surface area for glue-up?

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  8. How to Cut Mortise and Loose Tenon Joinery with Biscuits, Joiners and Mills

    Tools for cutting loose tenon joinery

    Cutting loose tenons is made much easier with tools designed to allow you to make those cuts from specialized jigs to biscuit joiners to mortise joiners.

    If you’ve ever used dowels to join wood, you already have experience with loose tenon joinery. Loose tenons can be used any place you’d use a traditional mortise and tenon and, with some of these tools, many other places, too. The tools in this story make joinery much easier than a doweling jig.

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