Review of Joinery Basics by Popular Woodworking Magazine

If you are looking for info on joinery basics, then you might want to consider Popular Woodworking Magazine’s download (pdf format) titled “Joinery Basics: Learn 6 Classic Joints.” Here’s the link for ordering the above download:

Joinery Basics: Learn 6 Classic Joints Digital Magazine Download | ShopWoodworking

For the record, this is an unsolicited review and no compensation took place; however, I have no objections to being compensated for reviews.

Now, let’s look at this pdf download on joinery basics.

No postage, instant download, some of my favorite woodworking writers, and only $4.99 for the download, that clinched the decision to hit the order button for me.

For starters, the download consists of the following six articles:
1. Mortise & Tenon Basics by Christopher Schwarz
2. Shop-made Mortise Jig by Glen Huey
3. Better Finger Joints by Robert Lang
4. Mitered Half-lap Joinery by Glen Huey
5. Cut Accurate & Clean Rabbets by Christopher Schwarz
6. Dovetailed Plane Cabinet by Christopher Schwarz

Let’s take a brief look at the six articles.

1. Mortise & Tenon Basics by Christopher Schwarz
For starters, this article consists of seven pages and seventeen photos. In this article, Chris outlines his preferred method for making mortise-and-tenon joints. Chris gives some general tool recommendations (for mortise–and-tenon joints) which includes both hand tools and power tools. Rules of thumb for sizing mortise-and-tenon joints are also covered.

2. Shop-made Mortise Jig by Glen Huey
Two pages and five photos make up this article. If you do not have a hollow-chisel mortise, then Glen in this article will show you how to go about building a simple jig to use with your plunge router to bore mortises.

3. Better Finger Joints by Robert Lang
In 7 pages and 20 photos, Bob presents two methods for cutting finger joints: 1. Table saw & jig and 2. Router & jig. Extensive verbiage and use of photos covers the making of the jigs required for the two methods presented. Bob also covers what I consider a novel approach for gluing the finger joints together.

4. Mitered Half-lap Joinery by Glen Huey
With two pages of verbiage and seven photos, Glen covers the making of this joint. This joint combines the esthetics of the mitered joint with the strength of the half-lap joint. Glen details the procedure he uses for making this joint using a router.

5. Cut Accurate & Clean Rabbets by Christopher Schwarz
This topic is covered with five pages and ten photos. Chris goes over the pros and cons of using the following four methods: 1. Table saw & a rip blade, 2. Table saw & a dado stack, 3. Rabbets by hand, and 4. Router table. After discussing the above four methods, Chris tells what his preferred method is.

6. Dovetailed Plane Cabinet by Christopher Schwarz
The length of this article is eight pages and includes thirty-one photos (personally, I always like a lot of photos). With verbiage and photos, Chris goes over how he cuts dovetails. The article includes a plan view, elevations, dimensions, and a list of materials (with dimensions) required to build the cabinet. Also shown and discussed are the hand tools and power tools used for building this cabinet. And thru out the building of the cabinet, good to know woodworking information is dispensed.

I enjoyed reading the six articles and anticipate referring to the information presented both now and in the future. It was a worthwhile purchase, no regrets.

The six articles (referenced above) appeared in older issues of PWM and Woodworking Magazine. So, if you have the older hard copy issues referenced, you already have the information covered here. However, it is nice (I think) to have all six of these articles bundled together. And having the six articles bundled together as a pdf has its advantages.

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