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  1. What Is a Dovetail Joint?

    Showing a completed glued-up dovetail joint

    Dovetails are simple in theory, but when you look at them more closely, they are a strong mechanical system.

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  2. Edge Glue Thin Panels Using Lap Joints

    Close-up of a lap joint on plywood

    Lap joints help align thin panels and strengthen the joint.

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  3. Making Butterfly Inlay Keys with Your Router

    Cut and installed butterfly inlays

    Template routing makes this inlay easy.

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  4. Making Spline-miter Box Joints

    Close-up of miter joint with spline

    Splines can add strength and style to mitered box joints.

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  5. Loose Tenon Joinery Basics


    Loose tenon, also commonly referred to as floating tenon or slip tenon, joinery is versatile.

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  6. How to Make a Tongue-and-Groove Joint

    Close-up of tongue and groove joinery

    What do you get when you cross two rabbets with a dado? A simple, multipurpose joint you’ll make again and again.

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  7. Cutting Mortises with a Drill Press

    Mortise joint cut with a drill press

    There are several ways that you can create a mortise. A dedicated mortising machine works very well and a router and mortising jig is fast. But, using a drill press to remove most of the waste and then cleaning it up with a chisel is a quieter method that lets you see exactly what you’re doing every step of the way. And, even a small drill press will do the job nicely.

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  8. How To Cut The Four Basic Rabbet Casework Joints With A Table Saw

    man cutting rabbet joints on a tablesaw

    When building casework, cabinetry, drawers, shelving or other box joinery there are four basic rabbet joints you should learn. This post walks you through each of the four joints and shows you how easy they are to cut using your table saw.

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