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Basic Woodworking Joints

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Joinery makes or breaks a project. Generally, the more difficult the joint, the stronger it is. 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.


Butt Joint. A simple joining of two pieces of wood, either at a corner or edge to edge. Make it stronger with glue blocks or screws.


Dado Joint. You'll see this joint on bookcase shelves. A dado cut in one piece receives the end of the other.

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Comments (3)
haumann58422 wrote:

Learning fundamentals is never a mistake. Fundamentals are only boring to those of us who are already familiar with them.

9/19/2014 08:12:50 AM Report Abuse
caskidsoil wrote:

Another great idea by WOOD MAGAZINE ...still my favorite source of edification in the WW World ML"Mike" Caswell PE

9/18/2014 02:36:24 PM Report Abuse
caskidsoil wrote:

I have coached 13yrs of little league baseball, 7 years of Jr. High football. Starting kids out on something so PLAIN& SIMPLE is a mistake! Don't start them on Dovetails BUT at least start them on something that is challenging...Dowels maybe. ML"Mike"Caswell PE

9/18/2014 02:29:55 PM Report Abuse

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