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  • Add Muscle To Your MitersAdd Muscle To Your Miters

    by Timothy Coleman, Reed Hansuld, Duncan Gowdy

    Miter joints are perfect for seamless joinery, such as when you want long grain to flow around a door frame, the edge of a case piece, or from leg to rail in a ...

  • File Joints for a Perfect FitFile Joints for a Perfect Fit

    by Chris Gochnour

    Files are great for removing wood when a joint is almost together—but not quite. A file will delicately trim a joint until it slides home with hand pressure and ...

  • How to Build Beautiful Cases from PlywoodHow to Build Beautiful Cases from Plywood

    by Craig Thibodeau

    There's a lot of creative freedom in building cases with veneered panels. Veneer makes it possible to use a variety of exotic woods and dramatic figure, and wrapping ...

  • How to Make a Double Bridle JointHow to Make a Double Bridle Joint

    by Ian Godfrey

    Strong and handsome, the double bridle joint is well-suited to a structural role in furniture. The double mortises and interlocking tenons provide a lot of glue ...

  • Juice Up Your JoineryJuice Up Your Joinery

    by Hank Gilpin

    Hank Gilpin fell in love with the mortise-and-tenon more than 40 years ago, and he's been playing with the joint ever since, finding ways to add strength and ramp ...

  • 4 Planes for Joinery4 Planes for Joinery

    by Vic Tesolin

    Specialty planes make it easier to build furniture by hand. By adding a shoulder plane, a router plane, a rabbet plane, and a plow plane to his collection, Vic ...

  • Perfect Tenons by MachinePerfect Tenons by Machine

    by Tim Coleman

    When you need to cut a lot of mortise-and-tenon joints, it can pay to take a page from Timothy Coleman's book and treat the whole process as a production challenge. ...

  • Secrets to a Perfect Mitered BoxSecrets to a Perfect Mitered Box

    by Matt Kenney

    What's so hard about making a mitered box? On the face of it, it seems an easy project. But if you want to turn out a beautiful small box, all the details have ...

  • Lock Mortises Made EasyLock Mortises Made Easy

    by Michael Pekovich

    Installing a half-mortise lock by hand is a tedious and time-consuming process. So Michael Pekovich designed a routing jig for the shallow mortises, a second routing ...

  • Pocket-Hole Joinery is Fast and StrongPocket-Hole Joinery is Fast and Strong

    by Mark Edmundson

    Inexpensive and easy, pocket-hole joinery enables beginning woodworkers and veterans alike to create strong, versatile joints wherever there's room for a clamp. ...

  • Powerful New Joint: Housed Double TenonsPowerful New Joint: Housed Double Tenons

    by Brian Boggs

    This strong, weather-tight joint takes care of the problem of moisture wicking into the end grain of tenon shoulders on a traditional mortise-and-tenon joint. The ...

  • How To Build Frame-and-Panel Doors by HandHow To Build Frame-and-Panel Doors by Hand

    by Andrew Hunter

    The doors on Andrew Hunter's country hutch are rock solid. The rails and stiles are joined with haunched through-tenons, which are suited to hand-tool woodworking ...

  • How To Cut Compound-Angle DovetailsHow To Cut Compound-Angle Dovetails

    by Chris Gochnour

    After you’ve mastered the basic dovetail, you can try more complicated variations, such as the compound-angle type. Chris Gochnour demonstrates that making a compound-angle ...

  • Drawbored TenonsDrawbored Tenons

    by Steve Latta

    Drawboring a mortise-and-tenon joint means offsetting the hole in the tenon so that the pin pulls the parts together tightly—and permanently. If your tenon shoulders ...

  • Simple Trick for Cleaner Dovetail JointsVideo: Simple Trick for Cleaner Dovetail Joints

    with Bob Van Dyke

    Learn a simple technique for super-tight dovetails

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