Advanced Joinery With Darrell Peart and William Ng

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Blog entry by thewoodwhisperer posted 10-05-2012 04:48 PM 3185 reads 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Note: This video was recorded in 2009 and was released to Wood Whisperer Guild members. The new structure of the Guild doesn’t really allow for videos on random topics such as this so I am posting it here on the free site. I’ll be releasing numerous videos like this over the next few months. This will be deja vu for long-time Guild members but brand new to everyone else. Enjoy!

As you progress along your woodworking journey, it will become clear that joinery can mean much more than a simple mortise and tenon. When you start to dig a little deeper, you find out that various exotic and mind-boggling joints have been in use for centuries. While some are really good for nothing more than impressing your woodworking friends, some actually serve their intended purpose in amazingly clever ways.

During a trip to the William Ng School in Anaheim, CA, I had the chance to take a joinery tour with both Greene & Greene furniture expert Darrell Peart and the owner of the school William Ng himself. Darrell takes us through various Greene & Greene joints and embellishments including faux ebony splines, ebony plugs, leg indent details, the Blacker Arm Chair parallelogram legs, and bolection inlay. William shows us the Chinese Three-Way Miter, the Bird’s Beak Joint, the Gooseneck Joint, and a Locking Scarf Joint. William then shows us a plant stand he’s working on that incorporates some of these advanced joints.

Every year, William teaches a class on advanced joinery and you can sign up for that on his website: And you can learn more from Darrell Peart on his website,

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#1 posted 10-05-2012 05:12 PM

Thanks for posting but I the video isnt working. Is it just me?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#2 posted 10-05-2012 05:16 PM

Mauricio, I had to try a few times to get the video to work myself.

Thanks for sharing. That 3 way miter joint looks really cool. I’d be interested to see the layout process for that; it looks complicated.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#3 posted 10-05-2012 05:16 PM recently made some changes to their player. The last time I used the new code here, there was at least one person who had problems seeing the video. But the vast majority of folks had no problem with it. If I get a lot of folks saying they have issues with it, I’d be more than happy to change out the code and drop in the old player. Alternatively, you can check out the posting on my site:

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#4 posted 10-05-2012 09:54 PM

Thanks for posting the video on this website. I found it takes a couple of minutes or more before the video will start. Looking forward to more videos.

-- Julian

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#5 posted 10-05-2012 11:47 PM

Mark I love those kind of interviews. Well do and very interesting.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#6 posted 10-06-2012 12:31 AM

Thanks for the video Mark.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 10-06-2012 01:58 PM

Thanks for sharing, the Japanese craftsman are rly masters of design. The joints are rly great.

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#8 posted 10-07-2012 07:54 PM

Great little video Marc…I hope to attend one of William Ng’s classes one day, he is such a master. Darrell Peart is one of my favorites too! Thanks.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#9 posted 10-15-2012 03:50 PM

Very good. Thnx for posting.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#10 posted 10-15-2012 05:40 PM

Mr. Ng and his cohorts were at the WIA show in Pasadena this past weekend with a display of beautifully hand made furniture. It’s always a pleasure to look at his work.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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