10 Steps to Getting Started in Traditional Woodworking with Hand Tools #9: |Step 8| Joinery: Learn how to Layout & Cut Joints

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People called “Joiners” 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. I’ll keep adding joinery videos below (I’m starting with the more basic joints and will move on to more complex joints), so keep checking back. Before watching the videos, checkout this cool woodworking joint chart! (credit: David Royce).

8.1 Learn How to Cut Dovetail Joints

Here’s a very detailed 15 step video tutorial that I made on cutting dovetails by hand with only hand tools:

(Click here to view my dovetail video series, because iframe video wouldn’t embed on lumberjocks)

8.2 Learn How to Make Mortise & Tenon Joints:

VIDEO: How to make a Mortise and Tenon Joint: John Bullar (a British chap) gives one of the best tutorials on cutting mortise and tenon joints. My method varies a little bit, but this is definitely a great method:

John has a great book on joints for sale at Amazon.

VIDEO: How to Chop a Mortise: Peter Follansbee, master joiner at Plimoth Plantation, demonstrates how to skillfully chop a mortise. I really love how he uses a see-through piece of plastic so you can see what’s going on inside the mortise while it’s being chopped:

VIDEO: How to Cut a Tenon: Christopher Schwarz shows Roy Underhill his secrets to cutting perfect tenons with traditional hand saws (I can’t embed iframe on lumberjocks, so view this video at WoodAndShop).

This Austrailan guy (Derek) has probably the best mortise & tenon tutorial that I’ve seen….here it is.

8.3 Learn How to Make Tongue & Groove Joints:

This video (by Lie-Nielsen toolworks) gives a good tutorial on cutting tongue and groove planes. Of course, you can find an old Stanley #48 or a Stanley #148 tongue and groove plane on ebay.

8.4 Learn How to Cut Miter Joints:

8.5 Learn How to Cut Finger Joints:

Checkout step #9 by visiting the below link:

Shortcut to Joshua’s 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 to Prepare Wood: Square & Straight
Step 7: Learn how to Layout & Mark the Wood
Step 8: Joinery: Learn how to Layout & Cut Joints
Step 9: Learn how to Assemble & Glue-up
Step 10: Learn how to Finish the Wood

-- Joshua Farnsworth - Free Traditional Hand Tool Woodworking Tutorials:

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