Selecting Wood And Boards

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Poorly seasoned, substandard wood adversely affects the strength of a joint. Reject any timber with large knots, splits or other blemishes, and examine your chosen timber carefully to ensure that there will be no weak short grain at the critical parts of a joint.

Honeycomb Wood Defects

Avoid the following blemishes:

1 Large or dead knots

2 Growth-ring shakes

3 End splits

4 Surface checking

5 Honeycomb checks

Avoid the following blemishes:

1 Large or dead knots

2 Growth-ring shakes

3 End splits

4 Surface checking

5 Honeycomb checks

Don't buy warped or twisted lengths of wood, and check with your supplier that the timber has been seasoned carefully. If it shrinks at a later stage, joints can work loose, and high moisture content may prevent glue setting properly.

Hardwoods

These are generally preferable for finely cut joints; however, provided you make the joints proportionally larger, there is no reason why you shouldn't use good-quality softwoods.

Man-made boards

As a rule, man-made boards do not suffer from the same defects as solid wood, but since most boards lack any real long-grain strength, they are not suitable for the more complex joints (see pages 10-13). In addition, reject any board with a soft crumbly core.

Joints Wood

Making a dry assembly

Some professionals claim to be able to glue up an assembly without ever having to check that the joints fit. More cautious woodworkers want to be sure that

Making a dry assembly

Some professionals claim to be able to glue up an assembly without ever having to check that the joints fit. More cautious woodworkers want to be sure that

How Cut Dovetail Joints

Cutting oversize

When making certain joints, it is good practice to deliberately leave specific elements oversize so that they can be planed flush once the glue has set - the end of a through tenon, for example, or the tips of through dovetails and finger joints.

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