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Basic Woodworking Joints

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Mortise-and-Tenon Joint. A strong, traditional joint that can be made even tougher by adding a peg. Not all mortises go all the way through.


Through-Dovetail Joint. There's not a better-looking joint, nor one that requires more patience and accuracy to cut. The interlocking feature makes it really strong, but adds visual interest.


Tongue-and-Groove Joint. This joint allows for wood shrinkage. Cut a groove in the edge of one piece and a tongue on the other to fit into the groove.


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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