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Woodworking comes in all shapes, sizes and varieties. But no matter what your woodworking passion might be, eventually you’re going to need to join together two pieces of wood. And that opens up a world of joinery options.

Whatever method you choose, the question is—do you make your joinery by hand or by machine? Here’s what our experts had to say…

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Tamar Hannah is interested in joinery and is always on the lookout for unusual joints. So far the founder of 3x3 Custom has created four videos to share joints that pique her interest, including one she named the “Mystery Joint.” Read more here...

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     Building a Pennsylvania Spice Box can be quite the ambitious project for any level of woodworker, loaded with its share of building techniques that embrace both hand and/or power tool applications in today's woodworking world. Its challenges include plenty of hand-cut joinery, precise drawer assemblies, stylish mouldings, raised-panel contours, and in this case, the use of quilted and soft maple woods with figured walnut burl, book-matched veneer drawer fronts. Follow us along in this Woodworking Adventure with Woodcraft's product manager, Kyle Meyer and his Spice Box design and build.

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Understanding how chisels are constructed and their specific purposes will help you decide which chisel will best suit your woodworking needs.

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Understanding how Japanese chisels are constructed and their specific purposes will help you decide which chisel will best suit your woodworking needs.
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Chad Stanton of Woodchoppin' Time shows us how to do a rabbet joint with the WoodRiver shoulder plane.

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This smartly made sled enables you to achieve the look of hand-cut dovetails with some machine-made assistance.
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Decorative boxes are made to hold everything from jewelry to personal treasures in hope chests.  To add beauty to the construction, box makers use decorative joinery to both beautify and strengthen the points where the sides meet.  Even the most humble and simple of joints will be strong enough for most applications so joinery decisions are usually more about art than engineering.

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One measure of woodworking quality is the type of joinery used. If you look closely at the corners of any piece of furniture you will see what I mean. Check how the builder decided to hold the edges together. Strength and style should determine what kind of joint is used. While you want a look that enhances the piece, strength is the most important factor. A weak joint inevitably leads to broken furniture.

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