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“When You’re Confident”

“When you’re confident everything is perfectly lined up, scribe the angles with your knife. Several gentle and progressively deeper lines are better than one deep line. Do all the right sides first, then come back for the left sides, as you did with the sawing of the tails.

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“My Goal is Swiftness”

An excerpt from Joshua Klein’s forthcoming book, Joined: A Bench Guide to Furniture Joinery:   “Here is one reason I prefer to have my workbench against a wall: avoiding the use of clamps in paring operations. To pare chamfers onto the tenon for ease of assembly, I butt the rail against the wall. This is so much faster than messing with clamps or a vise and allows me to instantly adjust the workpiece. A related technique is pinning the work with my hip into a fixed point on the bench. Depending on the stock’s length, sometimes it’s the metal-toothed bench hook (planing stop) or in this case the wooden side rest. I’m sure some would think this is silly and...

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Pre-ordering Now Open for Klein’s New Book: “Joined: A Bench Guide to Furniture Joinery”

  I’ve long had this project on the backburner, waiting for just the right time to do it. My new book, Joined: A Bench Guide to Furniture Joinery, is designed to be an at-the-bench step-by-step guide through the fundamental furniture joints. I’ve not covered this material anywhere else in this kind of depth before, and we hear from our readers that they’d like more hands-on help.  The format is photography-rich, and the commentary explains all the details. This book is intended to literally lay on the workbench next to you as you saw, pare, and join these joints. We’ve intentionally given generous margins on each page so that you can make notes and comments as you work through the projects....

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