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  • The Complete Illustrated Guide to Joinery (eBook)

Theres no more thorough and readable guide to joinery than this new book from expert woodworker Gary Rogowski. The Complete Illustrated Guide to Joinery uses full-color, step-by-step photo essays to show you how to make every practical woodworking joint.

Over 1,400 color photos and drawings illustrate the methods, from simple butt joints to angled tenons and complex scarf joints. A project as simple as a box, for example, has a dozen ways to solve the joinery question. And, since many joints can be used interchangeably, Joinery leads you through making the right choice for your project based on the function of the piece, the time you have to work on it, your skill level, and your tooling.

Perhaps best of all, Joinery features an appealing, modern visual approach and is completely up-to-date regarding tools and methods. This book will not gather dust on your bookshelf; it will be a permanent fixture in your shop.

You will learn multiple ways to master:

  • dovetails and finger joints
  • mortises and tenons
  • rabbets, dadoes, and grooves
  • scarf joints
  • lap and bridle joints

The Complete Illustrated Guides Introducing a new series of books in the tradition of Tage Frid. All the techniques and processes you need to craft beautiful things from wood are compiled into three comprehensive volumes: The Complete Illustrated Guides. Highly visual and written by woodworking's finest craftsmen, these three titles -- Furniture and Cabinet Construction, Shaping Wood and Joineryestablish a new standard for shop reference books.

Additional Information
Cover 191
Publication Year 2002
Photos color photos
Drawings and drawings
Other Formats 70535
Isbn 978-1-60085-575-7
Author Gary Rogowski
Pages 400
Format eBook (PDF)
Toc Introduction

How to Use This Book

Part One: Tools for Joinery

SECTION 1: Hand Tools

Measuring and Marking Tools
Cutting Tools
Drills and Drivers
Holding Jigs
Clamping Tools

SECTION 2: Portable Power Tools

Routers and Bits

SECTION 3: Machines

Boring and Mortising
Edge Tools

Part Two: Carcase Joinery

SECTION 4: Butt Joints

Joints with Fasteners
Knockdown Joints
Biscuit Joints
Dowel Joints

SECTION 5: Rabbet, Groove, and Dado Joints

Shouldered Dadoes
Dado Rabbets
Drawer Lock Joints
Tongue and Groove
Loose Tongue Joint

SECTION 6: Miter Joints

Compound Miter
Biscuited Miter
Splined Miters
Keyed Miters
Rabbeted Miter
Lock Miter

SECTION 7: Finger Joints

Finger Joints
Halved Joints

SECTION 8: Mortise-and-Tenon Joints

Stopped Joints
Through Joints

SECTION 9: Dovetail Joints

Through Dovetails
Half-Blind Dovetails
Full-Blind Dovetails
Sliding Dovetails
Slot Dovetails

Part Three: Frame Joinery

SECTION 10: Butt Joints

Screwed Joint
Pocket-Hole Joint
Doweled Joints
Biscuit Joints

SECTION 11: Miter Joints

Butt Miter Joints
Biscuited Miter Joint
Splined Miter Joints
Mitered Slip Joint
Keyed Miter Joints

SECTION 12: Lap and Bridle Joints

Corner Half-Lap Joints
T or Cross Half Laps
Dovetail Lap Joint
Mitered Half-Lap Joints
Corner Bridle Joints
T Bridle Joint
Halved Joints
One-Third Lap Joint
Bird's-Mouth Joints

SECTION 13: Scarf and Splice Joints

Simple Scarf Joints
Half-Lap Splice Joint
Bevel-Lap Splice Joints
Tabled Joint
Lapped Dovetail Splice
Tapered Finger Joint
Cogged Scarf Joint

SECTION 14: Edge Joints

Edge Joints
Coopered Edge Joint
Reinforced Edge Joints
Tongue-and-Groove Edges

SECTION 15: Mortise and Tenons

Simple Tenons
Round Mortises
Round Tenons
Loose Tenons
Haunched Joints
Multiple Mortises
Angled Tenons
Mating Tenons
Frames and Panels
Strengthened Tenons
Special Joints
Through Mortises
Through Tenons

List of Contributors

Further Reading



We categorize our furniture making like we do so many of our other human endeavors. There are only so many ways to make a box after all. But we have in our imaginative way, made the most of all the possibilities.

The fact is, there are only two basic joinery systems. Either we use box construction, joining wide panels of solid-wood or plywood materials together, to make our carcases, cabinets, or jewelry boxes. Or we use frame construction to build our chairs, tables, beds, and cabinets. These frames use smaller members fastened together with or without a panel captured within them.

From these two categories spring a wealth of joinery options. A project as simple as a box has a dozen ways to solve the joinery question, and many joints can be used interchangeably. So how do you choose which joint to use?

The function of the piece is the starting point for your joinery choices. Are you building a cabinet to hold the crown jewels or a recipe box destined to be stained with the labors of the kitchen?

Dovetail joints are the best way to join large panels, but a window box doesn't need dovetails to be serviceable.

Next, consider economy -- the need for efficiency and speed in your building. What's your time frame? If it's a weekend project, your choice of a joint will make a big difference. Hand chopping dozens of mortises is certainly not time-efficient, but it may be the perfect way to enjoy working at a leisurely pace in a harried world.

The skill you bring to a project also determines which joint you choose, but learning a new method of joinery is a wonderful challenge. We tend to find our methods and stick to them; but remember that each time you cut a joint, you get a little better at doing it.

Joinery affects the design in ways both obvious and quite subtle. That simple box can be built in a dozen ways, but a mitered corner doesn't look anything like one that's finger jointed together. Joinery will also help in the building of some pieces, offering shoulders and edges that help hold a piece together for gluing or pre-assembly work.

Make your joinery choices based on all these factors. One method may work better one day and another method the next. Please also remember that this book is only a guide. No one process, jig, machine, or book can confer mastery. The way to mastering joinery is to make joints. It's the time you spend learning, making mistakes, backing up, and starting all over again. The time you spend in the shop is the real pay-off; the furniture you build a wonderful bonus.

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The Complete Illustrated Guide to Joinery (eBook)

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