Traditional Joinery

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Traditional joinery is meant to be made with traditional hand tools.    I offer traditional joinery with lifetime durability in mind.

Two Great Things about Traditional Joinery

  1. It looks awesome! Traditionally, the joinery was hidden from sight, but today, that mixture of end-grain showing through in a tenon or dovetail joint is called style! 
  2. Traditional joints are incredibly strong, but not just those perfect, beautiful dovetails.  Even ugly, traditional joinery can still be incredibly strong!

Knotty Woodpecker Examples

  • Dovetails – The strongest 90 degree joint to resist movement in any direction.
  • Mortise & Tenon – To link furniture carcass with very high strength, used with glue, pins or wedges.
  • Tongue & Groove – To lock panels in place, allowing for wood movement within a solid frame.
  • Traditional nails – Rustic style, forged and cut nails are much stronger than today’s wire nails.
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