Cutting mortise-and-tenon joinery with a beadlock kit

For strength and durability, no one can argue with mortise and tenon joinery.

When a joint that won’t fail really matters, after hundreds of years, it's still the preferred method. The drawback, however, is this: mortise and tenon joinery isn't the easiest thing in the world to do. The traditional method of cutting mortise and tenon joints by hand, in fact, presents a considerable challenge and investment in time even for the most skilled woodworker. And while there are a number of easier, faster, power tool-assisted methods available, most require expensive specialized equipment, and not everyone can justify the investment in a fancy mortise and tenon jig or the latest in high-end German engineering, like the Festool Domino system.

For years, the BeadLOCK joinery system has been the affordable exception. With one simple jig and an ordinary drill, the BeadLOCK lets you make a sturdy "loose tenon" joint with speed and ease. Arguably stronger than a traditional mortise and tenon joint, the BeadLOCK jig takes advantage of the drill bit's cylindrical shape and produces a series of overlapping holes that lock together with the unique BeadLOCK tenon stock. The result is not only a superior mechanical fit, but a joint with an impressive amount of glue-up surface area – all through a procedure that takes only a few minutes to master.

The system comes with everything you need to get started making 3/8" mortises - except the drill, of course - in a rugged case that provides extra space for the optional 1/4" and 1/2" guides and bits. As always, solid birch tenon stock is available ready-made, or you can save money in the long run by cutting your own with BeadLOCK cutting router bits.

Since its introduction, the BeadLOCK jig has occupied a unique position as a fast, accurate, and at the same time affordable entry point to the high craft of mortise and tenon joinery. There simply has never been a more sensible way for a budget-conscious hobbyist or an "occasional" tenon maker to approach the most revered joint in woodworking history. With the BeadLOCK Pro jig, it makes more sense than ever.