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Make strong, long-last­ing joints with­out years of prac­tice or a big bud­get

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Four strong and sim­ple wood join­ery op­tions—and a test to see how they all hold up!

Tra­di­tional hand-cut join­ery re­quires skill and a great deal of prac­tice to mas­ter. But are those fancy joints nec­es­sary? Nah. I still use mor­tise­and-tenons or dove­tails when a project calls for it. But for most projects, I just need join­ery that’s strong and sim­ple.

My go-to meth­ods in­clude pocket screws, dow­els, bis­cuits and the Bead­lock sys­tem. There’s no rea­son to have all of them in your arse­nal. Most se­ri­ous wood­work­ers choose one or two, be­come pro­fi­cient and use them for vir­tu­ally all join­ery. These four meth­ods are strong enough for typ­i­cal join­ery, and they’re all af­ford­able.

PRESSUREÕS ON! We put these joints to the test! See p. 32 to find out how they held up.

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