As work continues on the cupboard I’m building, I need to make the back boards. These will be joined with tongue and groove joinery. So in this video I show how to use a tongue and groove plane to make this joint.
I’ll admit it, I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to joinery for furniture. I learned to make furniture the old way, using traditional joinery, like mortise & tenon, dovetails, dados, etc. So it was with some hesitation that I approached the joinery in two of my most recent projects.
Orientation marks are not the same thing as reference marks, which are used to identify a flat, straight, and square face, edge and corner. So today, I want to go over the reference marks.
Some additional thoughts and perspective on reference marks and layout from reader Willard “Bill” Anderson and myself.
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.