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Wood Joinery - Methods for Connecting Wood

Wood joinery is simply the method by which two pieces of wood are connected. In many cases, the appearance of a joint becomes at least as important as it's strength. Wood joinery encompasses everything from intricate half-blind dovetails to connections that are simply nailed, glued or screwed. In this section, we'll discuss a number of wood joinery options to consider when working on your projects.
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Wood Joinery Types
Joinery is the heart of fine woodworking. Without the ability to connect pieces of wood with an attractive, strong joint, every woodworking project would need to be carved from a single piece of wood. Once mastered, each of the following common woodworking joints can be used on numerous types of projects.

How to Make a Butt Joint
The Butt Joint is the most basic woodworking joint. Although the joint is simple, there is a considerable amount of accuracy that must be maintained for a butt joint to function properly. Learn tips for making clean and functional butt joints.

Mitered Butt Joints - A Cleaner Butt Joint
The mitered butt joint is often the most appropriate choice for square joints, much more so than a standard butt joint, because the end grain of the two pieces of stock are hidden. This is especially useful on picture frames or joining moldings. In this article on woodworking joinery, learn how to make a clean mitered butt joint.

Creating a Mortise & Tenon Joint
Variations of the mortise & tenon joints have been employed by woodworkers for centuries. These woodworking joints are not only strong, but they can be quite attractive as well. Learn tips and tricks for making strong, tight fitting mortise and tenon joints you'll be proud to display.

How to Cut a Mortise on a Drill Press
A mortise is a rectangular hole designed to receive a tenon of the same size. Traditionally, mortises were cut by hand with a chisel. There is now a specialty machine called a mortiser that is used for cutting mortises. A mortiser has a square chisel with a drill bit inside that drills the hole and cuts the square edges of the mortise. If you...

Tongue and Groove Joinery
When joining two boards together lengthwise, the tongue and groove joint is much stronger than a butt glue joint. Tongue and groove joints can be created on matching boards using matching router bits, or on a table saw. In this woodworking article, learn how to use your table saw to make perfectly matching tongue and groove joinery.

Basic Joinery - Half Lap Joints
Half lap joints an easy joint to make with a table saw or a radial-arm saw. You're simply removing half of the material from two different boards so that, when placed together, the two boards appear to take up the space of one board. This type of joint can be secured with glue and mechanical fasteners, and is great for furniture frames. learn...

How to Use Biscuit Joints
Biscuits are small football-shaped pieces of pressed wood, primarily made from beechwood. A biscuit cutter (sometimes referred to as a plate joiner) is used to cut slots in the two adjoining boards, into which the biscuit is glued. Biscuits don't have a lot of pull strength, but are provide considerable lateral strength. This makes them ideal...

Doweling - Woodworking Joinery
Doweling has been used for centuries as a method of woodworking joinery. The principle of doweling is simple: a few dowels are glued into matching holes in corresponding boards. The joint is clamped until the glue dries, which yields a strong, durable, classic woodworking joint. Learn how to incorporate doweling into your woodworking plans.

Pocket Joinery - How to Make Quick, Strong Pocket Joints
Pocket Joints are little more than a screw driven through a diagonally placed hole. While pocket joints can be difficult to create by hand, with a special pocket hole jig, they are very easy to use. Learn the benefits of pocket joinery and when to use them in your woodworking projects.

Biscuit Joints - Tips for Better Biscuit Joints
When gluing boards together to make a table top, few joinery methods are as effective as the biscuit joint. This joint entails cutting a small slot in two corresponding faces, then inserting a small piece of wood called a biscuit into the slots with a little bit of glue. The biscuits then hold the joint together after the glue dries. In this...

Woodworking Joints: How to Cut a Dado
The dado is one of the most commonly-used woodworking joints, and is particularly well-suited for building cabinets. A dado is nothing more than a rectangular-shaped groove cut into one piece of wood that will securely hold another piece of wood. Learn how to cut a dado and when to use dadoes in your woodworking projects.

How to Cut a Rabbet
Another very useful joint for connecting two pieces of stock, particularly when building cabinets, is the rabbet. A rabbet is merely a dado cut into one piece of wood at the edge that will securely hold another piece of wood. This article shows you how to properly cut and when to use rabbets in your woodworking projects.

Types of Woodworking Joints
There are many ways to affix two pieces of wood together. Learn the different types of joints, from Biscuit Joints and Lap Joints to Dovetails and Box Joints.

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