Joinery #1: I've got a haunch about these tenons.....

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Blog entry by Rob Bois posted 1509 days ago 1579 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a recent blog post I did covering the haunched tenons for the cabinet doors for a six-leg sideboard I am building. This is actually episode 9 of probably about a dozen, but this one stands well on its own since it covers a common joint for basic but strong cabinet doors. I have traditionally used cope and stick joinery for most of my cabinet doors, but this particular design does not call for any molding detail on the insides of the rails and stiles, so I figured I might as well use rock solid joinery where I could.

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#1 posted 1509 days ago

Super video, you explain what you are doing very well. I really enjoyed this one. Great job Rob!

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#2 posted 1508 days ago

Great video and very informative. I learned a good bit from this. Thanks and nice looking doors!

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#3 posted 1508 days ago

As usual, another great and informative video Rob! See you at the Wood Whisperer chat!

-- I still have all my fingers

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#4 posted 1508 days ago

Hi Rob I wish to show my try at haunch tenons, I hope you enjoy it.

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Rob Bois

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#5 posted 1508 days ago

good video julioyaldonza – can’t speak the language, but woodworking is still universal. I wish I could do more hand cut joinery, as I really do find it enjoyable. My haunched tenon project is for a commission that I need to get out the door, so I’m relying fairly heavily on power tools for this one. However, my last project was a side table for a charity build, which I did almost entirely out of hand tools. While there were no haunched tenons, all the apron tenons were done by hand. I also hand tapered the legs, and dovetailed the drawer. There’s nothing quite like being able to hear your tunes in the shop while cutting joinery. My dog even ventured in a few times!

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#6 posted 1508 days ago

Great video. very informative


-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#7 posted 1507 days ago

Great video. I hope the there is more to come as the title implies.

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Rob Bois

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#8 posted 1507 days ago

I’m not entirely sure where the “Joinery #1” part comes from. My guess is somehow the category gets added to the title, and then sequenced. In any case, my next video happens to be hand cut dovetails for the drawers to this cabinet, so I guess that would be Joinery #2. I’ve detailed half-blind dovetails before, but if it nobody else has posted video here on that topic yet, I guess I’ll cross-post again so I don’t leave the #1 hanging there…

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#9 posted 1507 days ago

Thanks so much for an excellent video! It was very interesting and helpful for me.

-- Tim, Albany Wisconsin

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#10 posted 1506 days ago

Thanks for sharing. Very well explained. I love learning new things….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#11 posted 1503 days ago

Fantastic video and technique. I know a video that well made must take a lot of time. Ditto for the doors. All I can say is – can we have more please?!?

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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#12 posted 1501 days ago

Thanks for all the positive comments on the video. The next episode in my series is also good as a standalone one (making dovetailed drawers) so I will likely post that one soon. My good buddy Marc Spagnuolo has already done a great video on hand cutting dovetails, but mine focuses more on a few of my own unique methods so there shouldn’t be too much overlap.

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