Woodworking Joinery. by Scott Engelmann. Woodworking Joinery. Why are joints used? To produce more complex shapes and products When are joints used? when changing the direction of the grain or a member of the structure and to strengthen the part. What joints to use?
Skill level/Personal preferences
Amount of wood movement & Direction
Edge to edge Butt
Reinforced Butt joints
Half blind Dovetail
Keyed Dovetail half lap
Dovetail half lap
Mortise and Tenon joints(cont.)
Mitered Half Lap
Tongue and Groove
Dovetail keys supporting a surface
Dovetail keys on a miter (Mock Dovetails)
Without a jig
Always do a full trial assembly with clamps, squares, and any other equipment needed. No one needs surprises when the glue is setting up.
Allow plenty of time. The time spent in a proper glue-up is minimal after investing the time, effort, & money in your project.
Best practice for removing glue squeeze out is don’t use to much glue. Wait until the glue skims over and remove with a sharp chisel