Andrew Hunter learned his ultrastrong, rigid frame-and- panel construction from studying the work of Chinese cabinetmakers, who’ve been using it for centuries. In this video, watch Hunter demonstrate some other amazing interlocking joinery.
My initial thought was that I would never spend so much time on the three-way joints, but by the end of the video I really wanted to try the sliding dovetail battens for a frame and panel. A gem of time-tested construction.
Wonderful insight into not only the how but the why of traditional techniques. Clearly when you see a 900 year old piece of furniture held together without glue or nails the techniques deserves closer inspections. Its amazing how much they understood about their materials.
He said that he used both power and hand tools.
I'm pretty sure he said he used a power router.
I immediately ordered both books. Can't wait to make these joints and then incorporate them into my work. That's going to be awesome. That's why I love this site so much. And the Magazine. Years and Years of knowledgeable information. It's a Beautiful thing.
Were the joints completely made with hand tools or was there a balance with power tools? Would traditional Chinese joinery employ power tools?
Wow, those joints are both intriguing and intimidating! Great video that took time to explain things!
Wonder how much time is invested in creating one of those 3-way corner joints?
Are there any primary differences between Chinese and Japanese joinery or are they basically the same? Does one culture pre-date the other?
In this video, Matt takes some of the lessons learned in episodes 3 & 4 and builds on them to demonstrate the North Bennet Street method for the half-blind, or half-lapped, dovetails on the toolbox drawers.
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