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As all woodworkers worth their sawdust know: joinery – good, bad, or indifferent – tells the unvarnished truth. How well is a piece made and how skilled is the maker. As a result, joinery is always a hot, and sometimes controversial, topic because even the masters will agree that there is no one right way to do it.

Online Extras for this issue:

How to Cut Dovetails on the Tablesaw
When face with a daunting number of dovetails, set down your router and fire up your tablesaw. Our quick video takes you through the entire process, step by step.

3 Steps to Great Glue-Ups
From edge joints and mortise-and-tenon joints to dovetails and dadoes, our series on great glue-ups will ensure that your joints stick for the long haul.

Better Joints with a Handsaw
Why bother with finicky machinery and jig setups when building a one-off furniture project? The humble backsaw is ready to go, straight out of your toolbox. Learn a variety of exercises designed to boost accuracy when cutting joints by hand.


Tablesaw Techniques member
Learn how to unlock your tablesaw's full potential with furniture maker and teacher Marc Adams. This video workshop highlights a variety of techniques, vital safety information, and plenty of helpful tips.


Build a Walnut Nightstand
Watch the step-by-step video series on building a walnut nightstand that features easy-to-tackle, dowel joinery.


Resawing and Mitering with Doug Stowe
Get tips on resawing stock and learn how to match the grain across a mitered joint.


Drawbored Mortise-and-Tenon
Make this tight-fitting joint even stronger by driving a peg through offset holes.