11 Strong Wood Joints for Your Next Project

Dovetail

I’ve encountered a wide range of scenarios where different joinery methods are crucial. To help you, (and myself) navigate through the choices of what joint to use, I want to share my insights on the strengths and weaknesses of 11 …

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15 Common Pocket Hole Mistakes To Avoid

Pocket Hole Jig

Did you know that a simple error in pocket hole joinery can compromise the entire integrity of your woodworking project? I will show you how to avoid and identify the most common pocket hole mistakes, ensuring your projects are visually …

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Should You Glue Pocket Hole Joints?

Should You Glue Pocket Hole Joints

Ever wondered if gluing those pocket hole joints is worth the extra effort? You’re about to discover the ‘how’ and the ‘why’ behind using glue in these joints. QUICK ANSWER: Yes, you should glue pocket hole joints. Gluing enhances joint …

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Can You Make Dovetail Joints With Plywood?

Dovetail

In a recent article on these pages, we asked the question:  How many corner joint methods are there?  We wrote about two of them in that piece, the box joint, and the dovetail joint.  But we only discussed the joinery …

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Biscuit Joints vs Dowels: Which is Better?

Biscuit Joints vs Dowels Which is Better

The right man for the job, the right tool for the task, are both important rules of conduct and work.  We’ve used the latter often when writing about woodworking and the projects we undertake.  The right tool for the task …

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Can You Use Pocket Holes on Miter Joints?

Can You Use Pocket Holes on Miter Joints

We woodworkers certainly know mitered corners and numerous joinery techniques.  They are a regular part of the work we do in our woodworking shop. Among those joinery techniques is the pocket hole joint, a strong joint with many applications. How …

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Box Joint vs Dovetail: Is One Better?

Box Joint vs Dovetail Is One Better

How many corner joint methods are there?  How many have you built?  What’s your favorite one, your go-to choice when building something in your woodworking shop?   There are many ways to join two pieces of wood together, and the method …

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How To Join Two Pieces of Wood At 45 Degrees

How To Join Two Pieces of Wood At 45 Degrees

In woodworking, getting the angles right makes all the difference, especially when you’re aiming for a sharp 45-degree joint. It’s not your everyday joint – it’s for those special projects where you need a perfect angle, like a neat cabinet …

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Guide to Pocket Hole Spacing In Woodworking

How Far Apart Should Pocket Holes Be

Ever drilled a pocket hole and wondered, ‘Is this the right spacing?’ You’re not alone! I’ve been there, and now I’m here to share the secrets of perfect pocket hole spacing. I’ll guide you through the nitty-gritty of creating joints …

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Can You Pocket Hole MDF?

Can You Pocket Hole MDF

If you have followed Obsessed Woodworking over the last 18 months, you’ve read a number of articles on pocket hole joinery.  We like pocket hole joints and use them often in our woodworking projects, and know a little bit about …

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Are Dowels Stronger Than Pocket Holes?

Dowels

Chairs need to support people; tables need to support dinner, or computers and books, or vases filled with water and flowers; cabinets need to hold their content; and, doors need to support the weight of their woods.  This is basic …

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What Tool Do You Use To Make Pocket Holes?

What Tool Do You Use To Make Pocket Holes

If you’ve been making picture frames, cabinet faces, or tables in your woodworking shop, then you likely know pocket holes and pocket hole joinery.  Most woodworkers consider it the strongest of joints, even more, strong than mortise and tenon joints.   …

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Are Pocket Holes Strong Enough For Shelves?

Are Pocket Holes Strong Enough For Shelves

Pocket hole joinery is a mainstay in woodworking due to its straightforward application and dependable strength. It’s a method that quickly and effectively joins two pieces of wood, suitable for various construction needs. This technique is especially useful for building …

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What is a Doweling Jig?

What is a Doweling Jig

We know dowels and dowel joinery.  We’ve written about it in the past and distinguished it from biscuit joinery in an earlier piece which you will find here. Dowel joinery involves drilling holes in the two pieces being joined together, …

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