Joinery

Mortise First or Tenon First? This will sound obvious but its an often overlooked aspect of joinery: it is a 2 part process. First comes a joint and second comes the mating joint. Obvious right?…

Expand the Glue Surface with a Corner Bridle Joint Bridle Joints comes in a couple varieties but I'm talking now about corner bridle joints. These are great used in face frames or smaller frame and…

  No Step Ladder Needed At some point in your woodworking life you will make a bed. Even more probable, you will make a tall bookcase. Both of these projects require some long boards with…

  Hmmmmm..... This may be my first failed live demonstration. I cut the beaded corner joint and managed to make it slide until the ever alert chat room pointed out that I had mixed up…

  Where We're Going, We Don't Need Router Planes There are times when you need a really big hole with a flat bottom to reference something against. Paring large recesses may seem like a daunting…

  Surgical Paring is the Key I'm sure we have all encountered that joint that just doesn't want to close up. Usually we take a little off here and a little off there and we…

http://handtoolschool.wistia.com/medias/75jfa79raa?embedType=iframe&seo=false&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=800 Keep Your Fingers/Hand in Contact with the Work Piece At All Times It would be nice to assume that all our joints came together perfectly right off the saw. But this is reality and…

http://handtoolschool.wistia.com/medias/pyu4nff1p1?embedType=async&seo=false&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=800 Sometimes the Saw Isn't the Best Way to Cut Joinery Joints that fit right off the saw are great, but sometimes trying to wrangle a saw across a 36" wide breadboard tenon or along…

  The Morten cut (or maybe Morton cut) is a useful trick to keep around when you think to yourself, “man this is going really slow!” Enter the morten cut to break up the waste…

  Here is another tip inspired by the ramblings of kirbyk when he brought up the difficulty of making a long saw cut accurately. This comes up any time we make case dados or breadboard…

  Fenceless planes will always get used more in my shop than the fenced brethren. I prefer the more utility nature and simplicity of them. Don't get me wrong, my fenced and depth stopped fancy…

This session is all about wood and understanding its structure. Despite it being our construction medium of choice, most woodworkers still don't have a strong understanding of how wood moves. Topics include: How does a…