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Woodworking questions Answered

Part-way through my current Valentine's project, I realise that my woodworking skills are not as good as I might wish, with or without power tools.

Can I suggest a round of woodworking and carpentry 'ibles?

How to make a mortice joint

How to hang a door

What the heck is a biscuit joint anyway?


Some clarification: I don't have an actual woodworking problem that needs solving, I am just aware that my skills are lacking.


hmm. I think I shall do the mortise and tenon instructable. but those who cannot wait for the whole instructable, you can make them using a router and then squaring off the holes using a chisel.

then get out your hand drill, and a a drill bit the size of the mortise you want to cut. find out how deep you would like your mortise to be, measure that length on your drill bit and then put a drill stop at the right length (alternatively, you could use masking tape). the stop will keep you from drilling too far. and while keeping doing your best to keep the drill at 90 degrees, drill several holes where you want your mortise to be. and then finally square off with a chisel.

At least get behind the firewall... A drill press or just a drill with a depth stop would work to get most of the material out of the mortise "well or hole". You would have to clean it up with narrow chisels. The tenon cuts could be done with various handsaws - backsaw or japanese ryobi as long as you can clamp the piece of wood in something.

It is a bit more difficult, for sure but not impossible... depending on the size of joint needed and how much weight it must support. The picture says a lot....


I've hung a door or two, but that was then (I'm not taking any of these off their hinges). Otherwise I'd be happy to do so. Do you have a door to hang? L

I don't have a specific problem to solve right now - it's just that, whilst banging and screwing a joint, it occurred to me that I should probably learn how to do "proper" joinery. I figure, if I have the need, then others probably do as well, so I suggested the theme.


Unless you just called me mediocre..

Not at all! I just noticed that you assume your problem is not unique.

I really should remember to put emoticons on jokes...

You can take a look at erhem, this where biscuit joinery would have been suitable but I used pocket-hole joinery instead.

Biscuits are compressed wood oval-ish shaped wood splines that are placed in corresponding cutouts or slits in the two pieces of wood you want to join. It bridges and reinforces the joint. When glued, the glue swells up the wood fibers to make it a tight connection. You use a machine called a biscuit-joiner or plate-joiner that looks like an angle grinder except the grinding wheel is a small toothed circular saw blade. It has a guide fence, and like a plunge router, you press into the wood and it cuts a half-moon shaped slot for the biscuit. You make a similar cut in the second pieced of wood having aligned the two cuts with a mark you made when the wood is lined up together. Biscuits come in various sizes and materials. You can use plastic ones to build an outdoor deck.

And then it's time for tea...

BTW, if that wood shaving pictured is yours, it looks more like a gouged chip. Adjust your plane to make a thinner shaving and work with the grain so you don't get a rippled cut. And check to make sure the blade is square, that's not an even cut...I could probably discern your height and weight too from that piece of evidence...

And check to make sure the blade is square, that's not an even cut...

It may be that he lists to starboard a bit LOL

Is it plumb, Bob? And check if your head is level. ..

Caitlin falls for that one every time...

I am only level headed when chaos prevails.....erstwhile, I am normally heeling one way or another & am therefor askew.

If the situation is chaos, then you're ~~scre~~, ~~got nai~~, awww, ferget it.

Most doors come pre hung in the good ol' U S of A