Which Woodworking Joint SHOULD YOU USE?

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After many requests, here is my method for choosing the most suitable woodworking joint for a certain task. Keep in mind that there are many paths to achieve the same destination in woodworking, this is no exception. What is important to understand is the consequences of choosing a certain joint over another.

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jacob bell says:

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Omar Rodriguez says:

Awesome very usefull info but take it easy men it seems you are on a rush

weldabar says:

Good addition to your excellent series. Did you ever receive training on shimming dovetails? That's something I'm going to have to try. I think it would be useful in some situations to get strength in both directions (or maybe I'm just one of those people who likes to over-do it).

donven33 says:

Are you a boxer Matt?

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Bryn Jones says:

Which joint? I like anything from amsterdam.

Nathan Kostelecky says:

Wise words from a wise man

Tim Royal says:

Great video overall, but disagree dovetails vs fingerjoints/ box joints. Many stress tests have been done showing that box joints can actually be stronger and are at least as strong as dovetails in all directions because of modern glues. Mattias Wandel has done this extensively.

Maria H says:

Wow. So much interesting and useful information given out there. You're my 'go-to' woodworking channel now – I've learnt sooooo much from your videos Matt, thanks šŸ™‚

Justin Stang says:

Matt excellent video! Very informative. However where Iā€™m located most of the lumber I have available is soft wood, Will this affect my selection for joints? Also I am having a problem with a hand plane tear out. I believe my iron is quite sharp, is this just due to the softer wood fibers? Maybe a future video can talk about if softwoods vs hardwoods would affect your woodworking

Rupert Hartop says:

Great video Matt. Very useful. Cheers

Hugh Atkins says:

Excellent video with great explanations as usual, thanks!

Bryan Kirk says:

I am a mechanical engineer. You have trained me in basic wood working and given me a love for the whole idea of the strength that wood can supply. I thank you very much,

Christopher Palmer says:

So many videos on why dovetails are the absolute best for drawers, because of the pulling forces. Funny thing is that I have never broken a drawer front off that was butt jointed, rabbeted, box jointed, mitered, pocket hole joined, or what have you if the material and build were halfway decent. That goes for softwood, hardwood, or ply.

paultay23 says:

and breath ….. Loads of mega info there Matt… Cheers Paul

kol257 says:

Thank you so much of this and all your other videos. Have been massively helpful. I do have a question though, why would you have the notch/groove on the mortise and tenon joint rather than just simple male/female sections?

Robert Wahl says:

Good video with lots of good ideas. The only thing I wonder is about how you figure out how strong a joint is. What you are doing is thinking through how different forces apply to the wood of the joint. But glue is a necessary part of a joint. Before deciding the strength of a joint, consider looking up empirical testing of different joints with glue under controlled conditions. The results are surprising.

David C says:

I would like to see you venture into Japanese/Chinese joinery.

MS Wood Custom Woodwork says:

Excellent as always Matt

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