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This is the complete guide to every kind of woodworking joint - from traditional hand-cut dovetails to modern knock-down fittings. Invaluable for the novice and the experienced woodworker alike.


• over 600 full-colour photographs and step-by-step illustrations

• a unique chart for selecting the right joint, tools and materials for the job

• appropriate handtool, power-tool and machine-tool methods for every joint

• a comprehensive guide to adhesives, and how to use them

• a glossary of essential woodworking tools and machines

By the authors of the best-selling


ISBN 0-00-412780-3


Conceived, edited and designed at Inklink,

Greenwich, London, England

Text: Albert Jackson and David Day Design and art direction: Simon Jennings

Text editors: Ian Kearey and Albert Jackson

Illustrators: Robin Harris and David Day

Examples of joints: William Brooker

Studio photography: Paul Chave, Ben Jennings and Neil Waving

Indexer: Ian Kearey

Technical consultant: John Perkins

First published in 1995 by HarperCollins Publishers, London

Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers, 1995

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the copyright owner.

For HarperCollins:

Editorial director: Polly Powell

Senior production manager: Bridget Scanlon

A CIP catalogue record is available from the British Library

ISBN 0 00 412780 3

Text set in Franklin Gothic Extra Condensed, Univers Condensed and Garamond Book Condensed by Inklink, London

Printed in Malaysia

Jacket design: Simon Jennings

Jacket photographs: Paul Chave

Jacket illustrations: Robin Harris and David Day


The authors would like to thank the following for the supply of reference material and equipment used in the production of this book.

Kenneth Grisley, Leigh Industries Ltd, Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada

Jim Pankhania, Elu Power Tools Ltd, Slough, Berks, UK

(also for the photograph on page 91)

Ramon Weston, Jim Phillips,

Leigh Industries (UK) Ltd, Trend Machinery and Cutting Tools,

Chippenham, Wilts, UK Watford, Herts, UK


What is a cabinet-maker, if not a skilled maker of joints? The colour of the wood, or perhaps a near-perfect surface finish, may be the initial things that draw our attention to a piece of work, but it isn 't very long before we slide open a drawer or begin peering inside a cupboard to see and feel the quality of the joints. This is hardly surprising, because many people consider joint-making to be the true measure of a craftsman, not least because cutting fine joints requires in-depth knowledge of one's materials and a degree of proficiency with a wide variety of handtools or machines. In addition, there is the choice of joint, which reveals something about a woodworker's level of experience. A joint must, first of all, be functional to provide sufficient strength, but it should also be in keeping with the overall style of the piece for which it is intended - in short, it must be the right joint for the job.

Chapter / This book does not set out to be a manual on woodworking. It assumes that you are familiar with the basics, yet want to know more about which joints you can use to achieve your goal and how best to make them. The book also aims to provide you with a variety of options, suggesting a number of different j oints that you could choose for a specific purpose and, where appropriate, alternative methods for cutting those joints with handtools, power tools and woodworking machines.

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