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  1. Dovetail Joint Pin and Tail Patterns

    Diagram of a dovetail joint pin and tail layout

    Add a custom design to an already beautiful joint by adjusting the layout.

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  2. Making Rabbet Joints

    Close-up side view of a rabbet joint

    Understand the many types and applications of rabbet joints.

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  3. How to Handcut Dovetail Joints

    Using a dovetail saw to cut out dovetail sockets

    Making hand cut dovetail joints isn't as challenging as you may fear, thanks to an ingenious aluminum sawing jig.

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  4. Making Non-Permanent Glue Joints 

    Split joint made with paper and glue

    Use a paper joint for joints you can easily take apart.

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  5. Using Your Router to Cut Dado Joints

    Cabinet dado joinery cut with a router

    The router is the one tool that will handle all the dadoing and grooving you'll do in woodworking. The dado is prime-choice joinery. It follows that hoary adage of woodworking, "Use the simplest joint that will work."

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  6. Cutting Rabbets with a Piloted Router Bit

    Using a piloted router bit to make a rabbet cut

    Routing a rabbet is usually not difficult. Use a piloted rabbet bit in your router and guide it to cut perfect rabbets.

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  7. Build Stronger Frames with Half-lap Miter Joints

    Frame made with half-lap miter joint

    A long "platform" fence on your miter gauge makes these joints accurately with a dado blade.

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  8. How to Make Scarf Joints

    Joining two longer pieces of wood together with a scarf joint

    How to repair table legs and other long parts with a simple joint.

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