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Clamping with wedges

Short on clamps? Use custom-made wedges to draw together glue joints.

Here's a handy fix for cutting a piece of banding too short.

3 ways to keep screws hidden away and under cover

Four straightforward ways to make super-strong mortise & tenon joints.

Give a project the look of finely crafted through-mortise-and-tenon joints, without the hassle, by making these practical pretenders.

Add easy elegance to your furniture projects.

Turn out flawless raised panels and frames every time.

Set your saw to cut accurate bevels for no-gap joints on projects with four or more sides.

Don't get bent out of shape over an out-of-square drawer. You've got one last shot at achieving a first-rate fit.

With just a few simple tools, you can add security to your projects' lids, drawers, or doors.

Develop your skills through hard work, practice, and study.

Simple router bushing kit makes it easy to add perfect-fitting inlays to your projects.

House your dado blade in an auxiliary fence, and cut multiple-width rabbets without changing the blade.

Splines and bowtie reinforce and add elegance to a joint while assisting with alignment during assembly. Here?s how to add both elements.

Cutting dovetails the old-fashioned way is more than a link to the past. Such well-made joints add a one-of-a-kind handcrafted appearance to your work. With practice and patience, you can master the satisfying skill of hand-cutting dovetails. We'll show you how.

Loads of glue surface area make a half-lap one of the most durable miter joints you can make.

As its name implies, this joint features a tenon that goes through the mortised workpiece, with the end of the tenon protruding slightly. If you're up for the challenge of making this joint, here's how.

Much easier to make than mortise-and-tenon joints, and a lot stronger than biscuits, trusty old dowels still deserve a place in your joinery arsenal.

Here's a sure-fire method for setting up this bit.

Forget the old "board-stretcher." When you need longer stock, the right end-to-end joint can solve your problems as easy as 1+1. Check out these eight solutions.

Here's a quick way to joint boards that are a little to wide that requires only a strip of scrap plywood and your planer.

These three joinery methods maximize the strength of plywood joints.

By using a basic dovetail jig on a router table--rather than with a handheld router--you can turn out four perfect-fitting joints in about 12 minutes.

Tabletops and other wide panels look great and resist cupping when you outfit them with breadboard ends.

Whether you own a pocket-hole jig or are considering buying one, these shop-won insights will help you get more from your jig.

For maximum strength, try the double mortise-and-tenon joint.

To make the best use of rabbets, you need to know the various ways to cut them, when to use each method, and how to make the cuts effectively.

For quick, reliable alignment and joining of project parts, nothing beats a biscuit joiner.

Unless you're making many multiples of project parts, it almost always takes longer to set up for a cut than it does to actually rout the workpiece.

Today's techniques and tools make old-time craftsmanship easier than ever to achieve

Six simple steps to make perfectly aligned joints using a biscuit joiner.

Your shop tells the world you're a woodworker. Use it to make the rest of your home say the same thing.

Joinery makes or breaks a project. That's why woodworkers decide on the joints they'll use early on in the planning stages. Here's a sampling of popular joints, some simple, some more difficult.

Smooth unattractive edges using one reader's unconventional method of removing biscuits.

Biscuit joints are simple to cut, but difficult to fix when done wrong. Here's how to avoid the most common mistakes.

Cope-and-stick joinery produces great-looking frames for cabinet doors, but you need specialized router bits or shaper cutters to do the job the traditional way.

Sloppy slots can be a headache -- here are three ways to mend them.

If your circular saw leaves the shelf only to trim deck boards or knock down sheets of plywood to rough size, you're underutilizing it. You can also use it as a joinery tool for parts too unwieldy to dado on a tablesaw.

Every once in a while, a project plan calls for a quick groove or rabbet.

Plywood and melamine-coated particleboard have plenty of advantages over solid stock, but you do need to cover their unsightly edges.

Using scraps, build a T-square biscuit joiner to make woodworking even easier.

Pocket-hole joints provide the perfect combination of speed and strength for this job.

Make them as simple or fancy as you like. Frame-and-panel construction can be used from everything from cabinet doors to furniture pieces and built-ins.

Simple dovetail jigs, such as the one shown here, help you make tight-fitting half-blind dovetails quickly and easily.

Sure, you can find woodworking joints more beautiful than the half-lap. And, one or two joints might be stronger. But few woodworking joints match the half-lap for all-around usefulness and ease of construction.

You can go a long way with the basic mortise-and-tenon joint, but sometimes a variation comes in handy.

Get a grip-instead of using pushlocks with jointers and shapers, try something with a little more grasp.

See more in-depth joinery techinque and feature articles from the editors of WOOD magazine.

Although you can build drawer joints using any number of methods, we think lock-rabbet joints like the ones you'll find in this story make sense for attaching the sides, fronts, and backs of most drawers.

Before the advent of cardboard boxes, manufacturers joined the sides of thin wooden boxes with these joints because they were strong and fast to make. Today, box joints have taken on practical and decorative roles in projects ranging from jewelry cases to hope chests.

Eliminate the guesswork when it comes to figuring out where the biscuit slot should go. Follow these simple steps and you'll avoid making careless mistakes.

When your project calls for mitered joints, make them stronger.

A no-nonsense alternative to jigs and machines.

Try this method for securing joints without buying an expensive jig.

Miss a spot and your project loses style points. Here's what to do before and after glue-up.

Learn how to accurately machine a rule joint.

Use this handy, easy technique to see if your disc-sander table adjustments are squared. It's a quick way to make your disc-sanding superior.

Eliminate the trial and error of spacing biscuits in narrow rails. This jig lets you quickly determine the right size and number of biscuits for each joint.

Concealing a tabletop's end grain using breadboard ends can be tricky. We show you how to make it work.

Sliding mitersaws have pretty much replaced radial-arm saws in woodworking shops and job sites.

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