Tamar Hannah Shares Her Fascination with Joinery Details

Tamar Hannah invites viewers to name what she calls the "Mystery Joint" that she recreates in this December 2019 video.

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.” 

Watch below as she recreates it from a picture she found online. 

Tamar said she has no idea who first made the “Mystery Joint” that she found on Pinterest or its initial name.

She learned from research that it was used by Pierre Chapo, a French architect and furniture designer/builder, but he did not mention a name. However, Tamar said German furnituremaker Peter Seeland, who used the joint a lot, referred to it as “Nodus.” (According to the dictionary, nodus is a problem, difficulty or complication.)

Seeland shows the image at left on his Instagram page with this explanation:  Sample NODUS – joint. Our special connection technology “Nodus” from the 80s is still as relevant today as it was before/almost anything is possible ... the first picture (yellow letter) is the most frequently copied picture of our work on the Web.

At the end of her successful video, Tamar asked viewers to name the joint.

“Lots of viewers suggested a ton of names,” Tamar said. “The most popular was ‘Triforce Joint’, which I believe has something to do with the video game Legends of Zelda. Interlocking Tenon Joint and Half Lap Bridle Joint were others that made sense to me.”

Tamar’s recreated Mystery Joint.

Tamar has no project in mind yet for using the Mystery Joint. “It was just a fun experience to see if I could create something I have seen online, and I think I did it,” she said.

Other joinery videos

Tamar saw this interlocking puzzle joint and recreated it to figure out how it fits together.

The Three-Way Half Lap Joint video was a project from the early days of the pandemic.

The Interlocking Puzzle Joint video shows Tamar recreating another joint from a photo. She saw a picture of a table she liked online but could not figure out how the three interlocking pieces that formed the base fit together, even though a photo of the individual pieces was also shown.

Click here to watch her solve the puzzle.

Tamar made the Three-Way Lap Joint video during the initial COVID-19 lockdown. She introduces it by telling her viewers she decided to use the time to experiment and learn new skills, which included this joint she came across on Pinterest. Click here to watch the video.

The Dining Table with Storage features angled bridle joints.

Tamar used the angled bridle joint pictured here to build the table shown at left.

The fourth joinery video is a how-to tutorial for building the angled bridle joint that Tamar used to build a dining table with out of sight storage for children’s school supplies. Center lifts up to reveal the perfect space. Click here to view the video.

Tamar traces her fascination with joinery to the days when she was just refinishing flea market furniture and had not embarked on her successful building career.

“I had to inspect how something was put together in order to fix it, and I always found it fun to figure it out,” Tamar explained. “I am the weirdo that sticks their head under the table to see how it was constructed. The way things are assembled was just something that interested me.”

Follow Tamar at 3x3Custom.com and her YouTube, Facebook, InstagramPinterest and Twitter social media sites.

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