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Understanding The Different Types of Woodworking Joints


Joints can be found in many woodworking projects, so it’s very important to understand the different types and how they are used.

Below is a list of the joints you need to know to get started.

Square-ended butt joints

You can easily make simple box structures and flat frames by putting to use the square-cut corner joints.

Image result for woodworking jointsYou can make use of the sawn wood at first for rough sketch, but make sure to lay the wood square so as to get quality cabinet structure.

Since your glue alone can’t be enough to join a sturdy butt, all you have to do is hold the different parts together with blocks of woods that have been glued or fine nails.

Mitered butt joint

This is the best joint to think of when it comes to picture frames; it can make out a neat right angle corner just like that without end grain.

When you cut your wood material at 45 degrees, it tends to produce a large surface area of the frame, so you can just add a little glue and carefully place the join in a clamp for some time.

Tongue-and-groove joint

Did you know that you can cut out a tongue and groove joint with your hand using a combination plane?

This type of place is no different from the standard plow plane just that it comes most times with a wider estimate/range of cutters, and this includes the one that has been designed to work on the edge of the work piece while shaping a tongue.

First, you cut the tongue and then switch the plane and cutter with a matching groove.

Doweled frame joints

Frames made from this category of joints are very strong and durable.

Studies showed that a lot of furniture companies make use of the dowel joints for most of their works, chair rails for example, which must be able to resist considerable and prolonged strain.

In some cases, three dowels are sufficient per joint.

Edge-to-edge dowel joint

By simply inserting a dowel every 10 to 13 inches, you can come up with a strong join anytime you’re constructing a solid wood panel.

Corner bridle joint

This joint is useful for lightweight frames, just be sure the frames are free from sideways pressure which might force bridle joints out of its shape.

You can improve the bridle strength by inserting two dowels through the joint side after you might have set the glue.

Mitered bridle joint

This kind of joint is cut in the same manner as the conventional corner joint but has been confirmed to be a more attractive alternative if you want to work on framing since the end grain will be appearing on the edge alone.

Through Mortise and Tenon joint

To set up this kind of joint, you’ve got to make the tenon move right through the leg, and you can apply this while constructing frames of different kinds and sizes.


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