Joinery

Bevel planing. After the mortise is chopped and the groove is plowed, bevel the edge of the parts. Check the fi t as you go, and make small adjustments.

Mitered Mortise & Tenon – June 2018

A mitered mortise and tenon joint brings an English charm to a New England-style chest. by Peter Follansbee For me, the timing of writing for a magazine is hard to wrap my head around. The season that I write in is never the season my stuff gets read. As I write...

Bring a Drawbore Home with Andy Rawls – Community Post

Editor’s note: We have some great content on drawboring – check out Chris’s article here and some of Chuck’s period furniture observations here. Andy Rawls submitted this video and caption to the Shop Blog – if you have a tip, commentary or any other type of content to submit to the...

coping

A Lesson in Coping – How to Join Trim

I’ve long been struck by the aptness of our English word “cope” – “I just can’t cope,” “I’m barely coping” – in light of its meaning in a woodworker’s lexicon. Sure, some of us may use the word when describing our emotional state, but more often we use it to denote a...

curvy joinery

Video: Joinery in Curvy Furniture

Curvy furniture is great to look at and usually offers a tactile aesthetic that makes it appealing. Holding it all together is the joinery – and whether it’s dovetails, tenons or lap joinery, creating that joinery on a curve adds a new level of complication. Whether made by hand or by machine, most...

How to Cut a Rock-Solid T-Bridle Joint

One of the first joints I learned to cut during my City & Guilds of London training was the T-bridle, which we used for the leg-to-rail connection on a modern end table, one of the projects that made up the curriculum. Like other variants of the bridle joint, this one is often...

How to Add Feet to a Small Box with Alan Turner

Let’s face it, a lot of woodworking is really box building. The good news is that a little bit of simple joinery and a little extra effort can make any box look incredible! The perfect example is a jewelry box, or other small-box build. By adding feet to the box it quickly...

Big Ol’ Sliding Dovetails

In the next few months, I’ve got a lot of furniture to make; Josselyn (my partner) and I just moved to Cincinnati from Maine. Last week, I built a new coffee table for our place. This week I’m building a new kitchen table, in between setting into my new job and figuring...

water-tight joint

Frank Klausz’s ‘Secret’ Water-tight Joint

Frank Klausz reveals the family secret – how to make the watertight wood-on-wood joint for the bottom of his sharpening pond – a boatbuilder’s joint taught to him by his grandfather. It takes a special shop-made tool…from a material that you likely already have on hand. (I think I’ve enough of...

Box Clever, Use Box Cleats

  My workbench project is now underway, but I’m going to avoid showing any detail or videos on the build process until it’s finished. However, I will be posting some of the methods I adopt that translate more broadly into other applications. With that in mind I needed to laminate 2x4s...