Three Decorative Joints
Emphasize the outlines with contrasting veneers and splines
Synopsis: Dovetails are difficult for the beginner, and after helping students over the years fix their mistakes, Tage Frid realized you could outline the whole joint with veneer of a different color for decorative effect for both dovetails and mortise-and-tenon slipjoints. He also worked out a three-way miter where the strengthening splines are emphasized in a contrasting wood. Here, he explains all three joints, and extensive drawings show how they look — even showing three variations on the splined miters — and how to cut them. Side information discusses Bermudan cogged dovetailing.
From Fine Woodworking #35
I’ve been a craftsman and designer for 53 years and a teacher for more than 30, but I’m still learning. My students keep me on the ball by always asking questions. I experiment to come up with new ideas and simpler or better ways to do things. Students usually don’t ask for help until they are in…