Assembling Your Project

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Does the Dovetail Angle Affect Joint Strength?


    Woodworking Question: I’ve seen 7°, 9° and 14° dovetail bits, and even one that was 7.5°. Does the angle of a dovetail affect the strength of the joint, or is it just cosmetic? According to at least one scientific study, dovetail angles don't affect the strength of the joint and should just be chosen based on your bits and the aesthetics.

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  6. Tip for Drying Swollen Plate Joinery Biscuits Quickly

    Plate Joinery Biscuits

    Do you have trouble keeping your plate-joint biscuits dry in your shop? One of our Woodworkers Journal readers solved this problem with a common household appliance. Here's what he has to say.

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  7. Understanding Wood Glue

    There's no question that advances in adhesives technology over the years have made life easier and more predictable for woodworkers. A byproduct of that, however, is a confusing variety of types and brands of adhesives and not a lot of clear information on how wood glues work and which ones work best for a given woodworking project.

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  8. Joining Lumber End to End

    Help, my lumber is too short for the project I'm working on? What options do I have for end to end joining? Here are three expert opinions on end to end joining, courtesy of our friends at the Woodworker's Journal.

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