• 17:02

    There are many types of joinery that can be used in woodworking; dovetails, splines, butt joints, miters, finger joints, dados, biscuits, mortise and tenon, and others. Of all the woodworking joints, both historical and modern, mortise and tenon joints have been the workhorse of furniture construction joinery for centuries. Cutting mortises is one of those…

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  • 9:18

    A cross halving joint is a strong, simple joint that is commonly used in applications ranging from simple boxes, to furniture, or complex egg crate inserts. As with many aspects of woodworking, there are a variety of ways to create a cross halving joint. Methods for creating this joint might involve a table saw, bandsaw,…

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  • 5:09

    There are LOTS of ways to join wood. One tried and true method is to use screws to fasten parts together. But this can leave screws heads showing and, in most cases, you don’t want screw heads as a decorative element in your project. No problem, we can take care of that. It’s a fairly…

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  • 2:56

    When you’re using tools like a biscuit joiner, Festool Domino or dowel machine, they all have a commonality. They each have a fence that registers the tool on your work. We rely on the fence not only for registration, but also to keep the machine at the correct angle relative to the work. This becomes…

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  • 3:32

    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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  • 8:19

    Perhaps you are just getting started in woodworking and you don’t have a jointer in your shop. Or, if you are fortunate enough to have a jointer, there are situations where the boards that you want to joint exceed the capacity of your jointer. Sure, if you have money and space you can always use…

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  • Using a Bowl Gouge: Bowl Interior
    6:34

    George Vondriska puts a piece of wet walnut onto the lathe to demonstrate the benefits of using a bowl gouge to hollow out the interior of a bowl instead of a chisel. Using a GoPro, we give you a close-up look at George’s technique so that you can fully understand how to utilize a bowl…

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  • Using Hand Tools to Cut a Dado - Part 3
    5:27

    In the third installment of our three-part series on cutting dadoes with hand tools, George Vondriska teaches you how to clear the waste out of a dado by using an uphill stroke with a bevel edge chisel and a mallet. He demonstrates the simple woodworking techniques you’ll need to properly shape the dado, stressing the…

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  • Using Hand Tools to Cut a Dado - Part 2
    6:51

    In the second phase of this four-part series on creating dadoes with hand tools, George Vondriska teaches you how to actually make the cut with a handsaw. In this simple woodworking process, George uses a freshly sharpened bench chisel to scribe the guidelines like you would with a marking knife, which allows the saw an…

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