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
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