Super-Strong 3-Way Miter
Combination of hand and power tools makes it surprisingly straightforward
Synopsis: This miter joint has been in use since the Ming dynasty, and it may seem daunting at first. But Andrew Hunter lays out all the steps to create the three-way miter, starting with accurate layout, moving on to some slick hand-tool and machine tips will get rid of the unwanted material and leave you with perfect tenons and miters, and moving on to shaping.
At first glance, this double-tenoned lapping miter joint might seem as complicated as its name. I am sure some of the Chinese craftsmen using the joint more than 500 years ago puzzled over it, too. But once you have taken the time to create an accurate layout, this intricate joint can be made quickly and precisely. In China it is known as the rice dumpling joint, after the three-way mitered fold of a dumpling, and has been in use since the Ming dynasty (1368–1644). Since…