Center for Furniture Craftsmanship
Posted: November 26, 2021
Grooves are used primarily for inserting panels, such as with a frame and panel. A groove is a "groove" that runs with the wood versus a dado is a groove that goes across the grain, and a rabbet is on the edge running with the grain. This video explains the various forms of grooves, as well as the different methods and tools to create the right groove for the application.
Posted: November 23, 2021
There are many methods of cutting tenons, they have their pluses and minuses, all have their place in furniture making. The standard method of tenoning on a table saw is a good, solid, first method to have.
Posted: November 22, 2021
A dado stack is an interesting way to cut a tenon, because it makes clean cuts to the shoulder and cheeks at the same time, meaning only one set up is needed for the majority of cuts. It can be a rougher cut, but that can be an advantage if using certain adhesives like epoxy.
Posted: November 20, 2021
Of all the methods to cut tenons, using a router table gives one of the cleanest shoulders, and allows for the cheek and shoulder to be cut at the same time. Using a wide diameter mortising bit in the router table is a simple and efficient method of cutting straight joinery.
Posted: November 17, 2021
In many opinions, the surface preparation of the components is the most important aspect of furniture making. What people see, and feel, in the end is the surface of the wood. Surface preparation and finishing go hand in hand; lack of preparation will lead to a bad finish.
Posted: November 16, 2021
The advantage of making a tenon on a table saw with dado blades is a consistent tenon cut over and over, regardless of stock thickness, without a specific setup dialed in each cut.
Posted: November 15, 2021
A well-tuned band saw is a versatile tool for cutting tenons, whether they are single tenons, double tenons. This video will run through set up of the band saw, band saw blade and fence, as well as a few ways to make tenons on the band saw.
Posted: November 12, 2021
A horizontal mortiser is found in many medium to large scale shops. It is designed to cut round flat-bottomed mortises and is wonderful for chairmaking and mortising into odd shapes, as well as general cabinetmaking.