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