A Strategy for Woodworking #1: Joinery Details

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Blog entry by Gary Rogowski posted 75 days ago 1347 reads 8 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Joinery is the art of knowing what wood to remove and what to leave behind. Reductive & simple, yet seductive in its intricacies balancing negative space with strength. Take too much wood away and you leave no strength. Take too little and you’ve compromised the tenon. You are the joinery designer/ engineer.

There are several important details to know about wood and its properties. Double a board’s measure in height and it is twice as strong as doubling a board in its width. Hmm. Wood moves more across its growth rings than between and none in its length. Hmm, again. Wood has little tensile strength between its fibers. There is more, but finally you have to practice. To learn what is a good fit takes practice and care with one’s tools.

Northwest Woodworking Studio

-- Gary Rogowski...follow my wit and wisdom on twitter @garyrogowski

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#1 posted 75 days ago

Welcome Gary, I’m glad to see you here on LumberJocks. Thanks for sharing the information on Joinery.


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#2 posted 75 days ago

I’ll be following this Gary. You have brought up many important principles of design already.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 74 days ago

Thank you for the information Gary

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 73 days ago

Thanks for the info, but mostly I enjoyed the table. That is a very attractive design.

-- Art

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