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The Center is a nonprofit, international woodworking school dedicated to providing the best possible education in wood craftsmanship and design. With programs that serve professional-track and amateur woodworkers at all skill levels, our campus offers a creative, inspiring, and supportive environment for exploring skills in furniture making, turning, carving, marquetry, finishing, and related crafts. Learn More

  1. How to Make Mortises with a Router Box - A Free Video from the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship



    Showing router cut mortise joinery


    Router boxes are one of the most accurate methods of cutting mortises. A router box is a simple plywood parallel box that allows a plunge router to rest on the surface and cut mortises into the wood that is held into it. There are a few variations; in size, added end stops and even hinges for angled mortises.

    This video was produced for its free video library by The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. The Center is a nonprofit, international woodworking school dedicated to providing the best possible education in wood craftsmanship and design.

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  2. How to Make Mortises with the Aid of a Drill Press - A Free Video from the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship



    Cutting a mortise joint with a drill press and a forstner bit


    The drill press does not leave a perfect mortise like you could get off a router, hollow chisel mortiser or a horizontal mortiser, but it does accurately evacuate the waste for the mortise. This saves a lot of up-front time and is easier to clean up with chisels afterward.

    This video was produced for its free video library by The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. The Center is a nonprofit, international woodworking school dedicated to providing the best possible education in wood craftsmanship and design.

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  3. How to Cut Through Mortises - A Free Video from the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship



    Cutting a through mortise with a chisel


    A through mortise is a mortise that goes through one face of the board to the other side. It can be considerably stronger than a mortise that does not go through the board. There are a lot of variations of mortise and tenon joints but, when you're looking for elegance and strength, a wedged through mortise is excellent.

    This video was produced for its free video library by The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. The Center is a nonprofit, international woodworking school dedicated to providing the best possible education in wood craftsmanship and design.

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  4. How to Make Kerfs and Wedges for Through Tenons - A Free Video from the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship



    Band sawn through tenon joinery


    When making mortise and tenon joinery that go through the stock with kerf and wedges, there are a couple of options. Both are sturdy joints due to the through tenon and the wedges. And once you've cut the mortise and tenon, creating the kerfs and wedges are a very simple!

    This video was produced for its free video library by The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. The Center is a nonprofit, international woodworking school dedicated to providing the best possible education in wood craftsmanship and design.

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  5. How to Make Mortises with a Hollow Chisel Mortiser - A Free Video from the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship



    Demonstrating how to cut mortises with a hollow chisel


    A mortise is simply a hole in a piece of wood designed to connect with a tenon. The mortise and tenon is one of the most used joinery types in woodworking. As with anything in woodworking there are different ways of accomplishing the same task. The same can be said for making a mortise. Mortises can be made with hand tools, power tools, or several combinations of the two.

    This video was produced for its free video library by The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. The Center is a nonprofit, international woodworking school dedicated to providing the best possible education in wood craftsmanship and design.

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  6. How to Hand-cut Half-Blind Dovetails - A Free Video from the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship



    Half blind dovetails cut with hand tools


    Half-blind dovetails are dovetails that are only seen on one face, often used in drawers and case construction. They help keep a polished look while hiding a very strong joint.

    This video was produced for its free video library by The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. The Center is a nonprofit, international woodworking school dedicated to providing the best possible education in wood craftsmanship and design.

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  7. How to Edge-glue Boards - A Free Video from the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship



    Clamping up two panels on edges


    Edge gluing boards is a fundamental skill in furniture making; frequently needing to glue boards together to create wider surfaces to work with.

    This video was produced for its free video library by The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. The Center is a nonprofit, international woodworking school dedicated to providing the best possible education in wood craftsmanship and design.

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  8. How To Machine Cut Double Mortise & Tenons - A Free Video from the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship



    Test fitting mortise and tenon joint


    Mortise and tenon joints are commonly used when adjoining two pieces of wood that connect at right angles. They are the preferred joint for furniture and cabinet projects. There are a lot of variations of the mortise and tenon joint but, when you’re looking for maximum strength, you can't go wrong with the double mortise and tenon. This joint offers twice as much surface area for glue, making the joint stronger than a single mortise and tenon.

    This video was produced for its free video library by The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. The Center is a nonprofit, international woodworking school dedicated to providing the best possible education in wood craftsmanship and design.

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