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By David Thiel
Pages: 45-52

From the December 2005 issue #152
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In chapter three of our continuing look at case construction we’re going to take a look at many of the most practical joinery possibilities for building casework furniture.

As you might imagine, this is a huge topic. Casework runs the gamut from jewelry boxes to kitchen cabinetry, and there are literally dozens of ways to form the cases. Some are traditional joinery methods, such as rabbets, dados and dovetails. Others involve more contemporary mechanical fasteners, such as wood screws, pocket screws and biscuits.

Because of the volume of joinery options, we’re only going to be able to briefly discuss the different types, the benefits and deficits of each joint and what casework application each joint is best suited for. What we won’t be doing is showing you how to make each joint. But plenty of woodworking books can help you with this part of the equation.


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