• 9:51

    Pocket Hole Joinery: Beyond Face Frames

    Leg to rail construction is a very common part of building furniture. There are lots of ways the joints can be created, but few are as quick and easy as pocket holes. And, there’s plenty of strength in a pocket hole joint. It’s common for a leg to rail joint to have a reveal, an…

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  • 4:04

    Adding a Slot to Install Table Top Fasteners

    When it comes time to install the top on a table, it is important to come up with an approach that allows the table top to expand and contract freely with seasonal changes in humidity. If we don’t accommodate this movement, bad things are bound to happen. The table top could crack, or the movement…

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  • 3:32

    Do Nails Really Help?

    Every once in a while I take some flak for not using nails or screws in my joinery, and for using pocket holes to join face frames. Let’s debunk a few myths. Today’s glues are stronger than the wood you’re putting together, provided the joinery is good. When you have good joinery, meaning no slop…

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  • 8:44

    Assembling a Waterfall Table Miter

    Live edge and waterfall tables are extremely popular. Making a waterfall table involves mitering the slab, and then gluing the miter together. These are typically large slabs and big miters. And, of course, you’re not make a four-sided frame. You’re making a three-sided U. That means that conventional clamping techniques probably aren’t going to work.…

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  • 3:05

    Cutting Rabbets on a Table Saw

    One of the really cool things about woodworking? There are SO many different ways to do the tasks we need to do. Here’s a great example; cutting rabbets on a table saw. You might automatically think that you have to own a dado head to do this, or that you’d have to use a router…

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  • 10:43

    Making a Drawer Lock Joint

    Drawer lock joints made using a drawer lock router bit are a GREAT way to put drawers together. Once the setup is right the joint can be cut very fast, and the mechanical interlock the joint provides makes it very strong. What’s not to like? Well, in all honesty the getting the setup just right…

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  • 2:39

    Making Dadoes on a Miter Saw

    Need to make a dado or two? Not everyone knows this, but you can make dadoes on your miter saw. Yep, on your miter saw. No need to put a dado head on your table saw, or set up a router bit in a hand-held router or on a router table. If your miter saw…

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  • 1:58

    Chip-Free Jointing

    Using a jointer isn’t as simple as pushing a piece through and hoping for the best, especially when you’re working with pretty, highly figured woods such as birdseye maple, curly maple, and flame birch. There are lots of species that fall into this category, primarily woods that have a lot of figure to them. The…

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  • 3:12

    How Many Dado Shims to Use

    Dado joints are a powerful way to hold shelves and other cabinet carcase components securely. These joints are relatively easy to execute, and due to their effectiveness and efficiency they are a mainstay in many cabinet shops. Most stacked dado sets include multiple chipper sizes, commonly 1/16” and 1/8”, to give you some flexibility in…

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