Joinery

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Internet woodworking forums are great places. You can observe or enter into a debate about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, and you can follow that on a tangent about what’s the best type of pin for the angels to dance on, and someone will likely...

Quick Jigs for Flat and Square Glue-ups

Anyone who has glued up a few doors knows how frustrating it can be attempting to build assemblies that turn out both flat and square. As I’m working on a cabinet article for the April issue of the magazine, I’m happy to have a few quick jigs on hand that make...

Speed Tenons – Safely

Table Saw Blades & The Laws of Physics If you wanted to make a device to throw pieces of wood at a high rate of speed, how would you design it? You could look at the machines used in sports for throwing things and start with a spinning disc, say 10″...

Perfect Edge Joints

Perfect Edge Joints A 6-step tune-up sets your jointer straight. By Dave Munkittrick Purchase the complete version of this woodworking technique story from AWBookstore.com. 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...

How I Glue Chair Mortises

This is a stupid trick. In fact, I’m sure you have a better way to do this. But I don’t. This week I glued up a couple Welsh stick chairs – each had 12 spindles and 28 through-mortises that must be glued and wedged. The top spindle deck of each chair...

Easy Curvaceous Edge Joints

Last winter, I was puzzling out a way to make edge joints that are just the opposite of what we normally want – perfectly straight. I wanted free-flowing curves and I wanted to join contrasting colors of wood species. So the question was how to match the two joint lines on...

New Connector System from Lamello

New Connector System from Lamello New Clamex® P biscuit shaped connector system from Lamello allows users to quickly and easily create nearly invisible Ready To Assemble (RTA) connections. Made from rugged fiberglass reinforced plastic, with a new metal cam lever, Clamex P can join any miter angle without the use of...

Slip-fit Corrects a Slip in Planning

I’ve been working, albeit slowly, on a small desk from the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) – I wrote about full-blind dovetails found on the desk in an early post (read it here). The base of the desk holds two drawers set side-by-side. That means there is a drawer...

Iron Out Those Dents

Iron Out Those Dents Here’s a classic tip that everyone should know: It’s not hard to make a dent in wood and fortunately, it’s not hard to get one out, either. All you need is a household iron (don’t worry, it won’t get wrecked, but you may want to ask permission...