To make grooves, rabbets, and dados quickly and precisely, I call on specialized planes designed just for the purpose.
The mortise and tenon is one of the strongest joints in woodworking and is used extensively in projects like tables, cabinet doors, and chairs. In this video, I detail the method that I use for cutting the tenon half of this fundamental joint.
The mortise and tenon is one of the strongest joints in woodworking and is used extensively in projects like tables, cabinet doors, and chairs. In this video, I detail the method that I use for chopping the mortise half of this fundamental joint.
Mitered frames can be a challenge to build without specialized equipment. Even without the specialized miter trimming machines that are used by professional picture framers, the home woodworker can still make frames using a few simple common workshop appliances and techniques.
One of my subscribers asked a question about making compound angled dovetails. These are actually just as easy to saw out as dovetails on square corners. The difficulty is in laying out and making the compound angled butt joint that is necessary to make before laying out the dovetails. In this video I go over the process for laying out the compound angled butt joint and then cutting the subsequent dovetails.
It is often said that the true mark of a master is that they can repair and hide their mistakes in such a way that they are invisible to the observer. I tend to disagree with this cliché.
In this video, I discuss making the fox wedged (or blind wedged) mortise & tenon.
In this video, I discuss miter shooting boards, including the traditional donkey’s ear. I also discuss making a miter joint with spline by hand.
In this video, I discuss drawboring a mortise & tenon, work holding for planing small stock, and hand sawing and planing veneer.
How does the joinery you choose to use to assemble your projects impact your ability to be efficient with your hand tools?