Casework vs Furnituremaking

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Woodworking joinery fails into two major categories-casework and furnituremaking. Each is defined by its materials, structure and aesthetics. Whiie there is certainly some crossover between the categories,, if you're trying to determine which joints to employ for your project, making the casework/furniture distinction Is a useful starting point-

Typically, sheet goods are used for casework (boxes and cabinets). Butt joints reinforced with screws, biscuits, dowels, splines or pocket screws are common, although rabbet and dado joints come in handy as well. A furniture-maker works mostly in hardwood with structures that depend on small, fitted joints, like dovetails, mortises and half-laps that need to be both strong and pleasing to the eye.

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Casework Dovetails
Casework Joints

Mortise & tenon joint

Lap joint

Half-blind dovetail joint

Dovetail joint

Tongue & groove joint

Finger joint

Furnituremaking Joints

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