By Joshua Farnsworth
Woodworkers cut joints in wood in order to get the wood to fit (and stay) together. There are many, many different joints for many different applications, but below I’ll share the most basic woodworking joints. I’ll keep adding joinery videos below so keep checking back.
I’m going to show you how to (1) layout the woodworking joints and (2) cut the woodworking joints.
1. HOW TO LAYOUT WOODWORKING JOINTS
Before you can accurately cut joints to fit your wood together, you need to learn to accurately measure and layout your work pieces. My below videos will help you understand the different marking, measuring, & layout tools.
Understanding Marking, Measuring, & Layout Tools:
Precision is a major key to enjoying woodworking with hand tools. But, like all the other tool categories, it can be a big overwhelming to understand all the different tools and gauges for laying out, marking, & measuring: mortise gauges, marking gauges, rules, squares, dividers (compass), panel gauges, etc. Confusing huh? The above video gives a basic introduction to these measuring devices, but my marking & measuring tool buying guide goes into specific brands & features to look for.
2. HOW TO CUT WOODWORKING JOINTS:
Below you’ll find video tutorials about how to cut different woodworking joints. Keep checking back for more joinery videos:
HOW TO CUT DOVETAIL JOINTS (TAILS FIRST):
This following video playlist shares the dovetailing techniques taught to me by Roy Underhill (Woodwright’s Shop) and Bill Anderson during a 5 day traditional woodworking class. I have tried to teach every amazing detail that Roy and Bill taught me:
HOW TO CUT DOVETAIL JOINTS (PINS FIRST):
Woodworking master Frank Klausz showed me his amazing method for “pins first” dovetails with hand tools:
HOW TO MAKE A MORTISE AND TENON JOINT BY HAND:
VIDEO: In this short video I simplify how to make a mortise and tenon joint, one of the strongest and most used woodworking joints:
HOW TO CUT GROOVES WITH A STANLEY 45 COMBINATION PLANE:
VIDEO: I shot this Video at Roy Underhill’s Woodwright’s School. Bill Anderson shows how to properly use a Stanley 45 Combination Plane to cut a simple groove for use in a dovetail box or many other uses. You could also use a plow plane to cut grooves:
HOW TO CUT A DADO JOINT WITH HAND TOOLS
VIDEO: I show how to cut a dado joint with a router plane, a chisel, and a cross cut back saw. Dado joints are used for securing shelves:
HOW TO CUT A RABBET JOINT WITH HAND TOOLS:
VIDEO: I show how to cut an important rabbet joint with just a couple hand tools. Rabbet joints are useful for many applications, including picture frame moldings:
HOW TO CUT HALF-LAP DOVETAIL JOINTS BY HAND:
At Roy Underhill’s Woodwright’s School I filmed Bill Anderson teaching how to cut a half lap dovetail joint. This dovetail variation is perfect for hiding drawer or box bottom grooves:
You can view my original blog post here, with photos and information about master joiner Bill Anderson.
HOW TO MAKE TONGUE AND GROOVE JOINTS BY HAND:
HOW TO CUT A MITER JOINT WITH HAND TOOLS:
HOW TO CUT FINGER JOINTS BY HAND:
Next I’ll cover Assembly & Gluing up…
Shortcut to 10 steps:
- Step 1: Buy the Right Woodworking Hand Tools
- Step 2: Setup Your Workshop & Tool Storage
- Step 3: Learn how to Tune, Refurbish, & Sharpen Tools
- Step 4: Learn how to Use Woodworking Hand Tools
- Step 5: Learn how to Design Woodworking Projects
- Step 6: Learn how to Choose Stable, Strong, & Beautiful Wood
- Step 7: Learn how to Square & Flatten Rough Boards
- Step 8: Joinery: Learn how to Layout & Cut Joints
- Step 9: Learn how to Assemble, Fasten, & Glue-up
- Step 10: Learn how to Traditionally Finish the Wood