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Mark SBD  |  Sep 05, 2017  |  0 comments

An ABC of Basic Dovetailing

Our step-by-step guide to an essential array of dovetailing techniques

Steven Winter  |  Dec 10, 2014  |  0 comments

Corner solutions .... Bernard Greatrix's Oak cabinet


Steven Winter  |  Sep 01, 2013  |  0 comments

Choosing suitable jointing methods for your projects can be like gingerly entering a minefield of booby traps but we hope that GW’s guide will make your decisions a little more bomb proof. 

Ralph Laughton  |  May 12, 2010  |  0 comments
Join Ralph as he talks through what to look out for when buying and selecting timber for use in furniture grade projects.
Ralph Laughton  |  May 11, 2010  |  0 comments
earn how to create face sides and edges using a combination of basic handtools – fundamental to the process of squaring up wood.
Ralph Laughton  |  May 10, 2010  |  0 comments
Having created the face side and edge in the previous video Ralph now progresses to thicknessing the wood with basic handtools.
Ralph Laughton  |  May 09, 2010  |  0 comments
The first three episodes in this series concentrated on the use of hand tools. In this final instalment Ralph turns his attention to squaring and thicknessing material with machines.
Mike Riley  |  Nov 21, 2008  |  0 comments
The most important part of any project is probably the initial stock preparation: without proper preparation no other part of the project can happen, it’s as simple as that. When it comes to preparation you have three options: buy PAR timber, which is relatively expensive; buy rough sawn timber and process it using machines; or break out the hand planes and do it yourself. My preference is for the latter because it’s cheaper, safer…

Ian Taylor  |  Nov 21, 2008  |  0 comments
Nowadays we take drawers very much for granted. They appear everywhere in the house – in the kitchen, the bedroom, the study and the workshop. They come in different sizes and designs. Some have mechanical slides and others run on wooden supports (called runners). But they all have one common feature: they are basically open-topped boxes that can be accessed separately and conveniently. Drawers in history It wasn’t always this…

The Woodworker  |  Nov 02, 2008  |  0 comments
The spline dovetail is a joint that can be used both for strength and decoration. It looks especially attractive on small carcases and is very popular with boxmakers. It’s simple to make, and the only tools needed are a router fi tted with a dovetail cutter, and a tilting arbour table saw. However, you do need to make a simple jig fi rst. This can be modifi ed to suit your particular router/ guidebush combination. The design here uses a…

Peter Dunsmore  |  Oct 30, 2008  |  0 comments
This technique is a simple method for joining two pieces of timber. Although this joint has many applications, it’s particularly useful for a bearer on the inside of a cabinet to secure a solid wood top in place. In this case, screws would fit into slots cut in the bearer to secure the top down. The slots allow the top to expand with the varying humidity in addition to preventing it from cupping or bowing. It’s most useful,…

Andy Standing  |  Oct 26, 2008  |  0 comments
The bridle joint is also referred to as an ‘open’ or ‘slot’ mortise-and-tenon joint. This is because the mortise is open-ended and the tenon may be slid into it sideways. The joint can be used on corners, either cut square or mitred, where it’s signifi cantly stronger than a halving joint by virtue of its large gluing area. Tools you’ll need to cut bridle joints: • Try square • Pencil •…

Andy Standing  |  Oct 12, 2008  |  0 comments
There are several varieties of dovetail joint, but perhaps the most common – and the most familiar – is the lapped dovetail. This is used when you want to hide the joint on one side, but make it visible on the other. Its most common use is in drawer construction. Here the mechanical strength of the joint is needed to fi x the sides to the drawer front, but you don’t want the joint to be visible when the drawer is closed.…

Andy Standing  |  Oct 03, 2008  |  0 comments
The housing joint is a useful structural joint, particularly in cabinets and shelving units. It’s sometimes also called a dado joint, and is effectively a trench that’s cut across the grain of the timber, into which the end of another component is inserted. The difference between a groove and a housing is that a groove always runs along the grain, whereas a housing runs across it.

A well-made housing is a strong and reliable…

Ian Taylor  |  Sep 20, 2008  |  0 comments
We all make mistakes from time to time, some of us more than others. There's nothing more frustrating than the job going wrong when you have invested many hours of work and committed expensive materials. Well, don't despair, there's often a well-tried escape route which lets you recover the situation. And if you're careful, only you need know that it nearly went wrong. This article sets out a few fixes that have worked for me -…


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