Joinery

Windsor Chair Joints

Learning from Windsor Chair Joints

Any experience making or repairing chairs gives you a little bit of insight into how important the joinery is in chairs. And chairmakers have long used socket joints – joints made with a round hole and a round tenon – because they can be made quickly and easily. One problem: these are a rather weak...

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Q & A: Use a Router for Biscuit Joinery

Q: I would like to try biscuit joinery but I do not own a biscuit joiner. Is it feasible to use a router to make the slots? A: A router with a 5/32-in. slot cutter will work fine for making an occasional biscuit joint. You can alter the slot depth to accommodate No. 0,...

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A New Manual for Biscuit Joiners

The 27 time-tested techniques to tame this often-tricky tool. by Robert W. Lang from the February 2007 issue The biscuit joiner is one of those tools that promises to make life so much easier. The ability to make relatively strong joints quickly and easily makes this a tool you really must have. Yet many...

AW Extra 7/3/14 – Perfect Edge Joints

Perfect Edge Joints A 6-step tune-up sets your jointer straight. By Dave Munkittrick   Jointers are simple machines with few moving parts, but the two beds, the fence and the cutterhead all have to be in alignment for a jointer to function properly. Few things are more frustrating or more common than problems with...

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Loose Tenon Joinery

Loose Tenon Joinery Rout 4 variations of these super-strong joints with a versatile shop made jig. By Bill Hylton I’ve used a number of different methods to create mortise and tenon joints, but I keep coming back to loose tenons, because they’re easy, strong and versatile. Instead of cutting a tenon on one part...

AW Extra 11/21/13 – Carbide Cutterheads for Jointers

Carbide Cutterheads for Jointers Cut manufactured materials and make fewer knife changes By Dave Munkittrick The latest thing in jointers is the segmented carbide insert cutterhead. Instead of high-speed steel (HSS) knives, the cutterhead is peppered with an array of solid-carbide inserts (photo at right). During our 8-in. jointer tool test, we had a...

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Pocket Screws with Fine Furniture

In the lowboy build that I’m working on for the February 2014 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine, I’ve decided to use pocket screws to attach the lowboy top instead of driving nails through the top into the parts below. When some woodworkers hear that, I get the wrinkled-nose effect, as in “What the hell...

Classic Door Joinery

Classic Door Joinery How to make strong mortise and tenon joints with a plunge router and a tablesaw. By Tom Caspar Imagine turning the clock back 500 years and visiting a fellow woodworker in any large European town. You could instantly strike up a conversation about the fine points of building a door with...

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How To Glue Miter Joints-Wait a Minute

Miter joints can be a real source of frustration. The pieces need to be the exact length and the cut surfaces need to be as close to perfect as you can get them. If they don’t look great right off the saw, use a shooting board and a plane, or rub the surfaces on...