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Cheap, accurate shop-made mortice jig

Loose tenons are a great way to create the traditional mortice and tenon joint. The advantage of loose tenons is that you need not cut tenons at all. All you do is create a mortice on each of the two pieces and create a “biscuit” that slots into the mortices.

This is best done with a mortice jig. I have posted a video on YouTube which shows a mortice jig that I made. I have used this jig on many of the project that you can see in the gallery. It works very well and is very cheap, and easy to build. Most importantly, when set up correctly it produces perfectly matched mortices. Hope you find the jig useful, and maybe inspires you to create your own.

Click here for the YouTube video.

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Tounge and groove with dowels

Here is a variation on the tounge and groove joint that can be used in rail and stile joinery on tables etc. The thing that makes this joint super strong is the reinforcement provided by the dowels which ensure the tenon can’t slip out.


More details on how I made this joint will be posted soon.

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Lock rebate joint

Here is a a simple yet effective way to create a clean looking ‘lock rebate’ joint, especially useful in making drawers. The picture below shows an example of the finished joint.

Lock rebate joint
Lock rebate joint

The thicker piece of wood in this picture is the drawer front while the thinner piece is the drawer side. The advantage of this type of joint in this particular application, i.e. drawer joinery is that is relatively easy (using a router table or table saw) and provide a aesthetically pleasing joint that is also as strong as a half-blind dovetail joint. Continue reading “Lock rebate joint”

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Joinery techniques- Dovetail joints

I try to use traditional woodworking joinery in my furniture as much as possible. My favourite joint has to be the “dovetail” joint. Below are two examples of this type of joint. The first picture below is hand-cut and known as a half-blind dovetail joint because it can only be see from one side whilst the second picture is machine cut and called a through dovetail joint as it is visible from all sides.

Hand-cut half-blind dovetail joint
Machine cut – through dovetail joint

I cut this joint by hand on some occasions and other using a router and template. The link below to the wiki gives more info on this joint and shows just how reliable this joint is!!

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Hello and Welcome

Hello and welcome to my woodworking website. I am a hobby woorworker based in Melbourne, however if you wish to have a piece of furniture designed and hand-made from great Australian timbers, please do not hesitate to contact me on or via this blog. I use traditional joinery techiniques such as mortise and tenon and dovetail joints in constructing my furniture and use natural finishes where possible. Enjoy the site.