Which Joint Should You Use How To Choose The best Woodworking Joint

Which Joint Should You Use How To Choose The best Woodworking Joint

What Joint should I use? today we are looking at how to pick the best joint for your woodworking.

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38 Comments

  1. Adam The Roofer on May 12, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    the best joint is the cheese that sticks two nachos together! Its edible!

  2. Graeme Payne on May 12, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    OMG! You expect viewers to actually THINK?!?!?!? Does YT allow that?

  3. Charles Wyatt on May 12, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    The why is important!

  4. Joe Spilman on May 12, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    Great job

  5. Darin Mohrman on May 12, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    This was very helpful, thanks!

  6. MATTHEW brady on May 12, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    Nice video

  7. Ian Pearse on May 12, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    My favourite joint is Beef, with Yorkshire Pudding! LOL.

  8. Cris Wilson on May 12, 2022 at 7:26 pm

    A rolling joint is called a hinge! 🙂

  9. Lincoln Dickerson on May 12, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    you have on a “you matter” shirt and so you get a little tongue in cheek humor, “we always live in 3 dimensional world…” hold it there geek boy, “you know we live in a 4 dimensioanal world where wood changes in time…” until you ar snoring in disbelief of being called out about such a non-important to content point… ok, please continue.

  10. deezynar on May 12, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    Good stuff.

  11. Jack Business on May 12, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Love your videos. Would love it if you got sponsored at least for basic tools, or if you carried more of your own beginner stuff. I often spend too much time researching for the most basic thing and then am never sure (chisels, basic saws, marking tools and squares).

  12. ZAG Studios on May 12, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    you should change your channel name to Wood by Wright Why 2 LOL

  13. psguardian on May 12, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    I’m planning to build a maple ply shelf. I want a short (1/2"-3/4") walnut surround, to keep things from rolling away &, to hide the ply edge. I’m thinking dado or rabbit for shelf, but I’m stumped on the walnut corners.

  14. Mark P on May 12, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    What a fabulous treatise on joinery! VERY informative at the level I enjoy. I don’t need a matrix of joints and uses, I need "here’s what each joint does," so I can apply that knowledge to whatever I’m doing.
    WHat’s REALLY funny is not the search term, it’s that YT returns YOU as the answer to it! 🙂
    Rollin, Rollin, Rollin… Keep them joints a Rollin… 🙂

  15. EG Bluesuede on May 12, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    fantastic explanation for the "why" and the caveat that sometimes just choose a joint because it’s fun or you want to!

  16. bass MD on May 12, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    “ We have the technology! “

  17. Douglas Marston on May 12, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    Excellent video! The "why’s" are always the most important thing to understand when learning any craft, and you explained the "why" perfectly!

  18. ikust007 on May 12, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    I think this is going to be awesome

  19. Christopher Castor on May 12, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    In my humble opinion, the best joint is always the one in my left hand…..
    A little reefer humor for the end credits! Thank you as always James,
    -CY Castor

  20. Tom Sawallis on May 12, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    Great analysis!
    To paraphrase: 3 dimensions X 2 directions on each X 2 options of grain match = 12 joint families, plus variability if things aren’t all at right angles. Now go figure out what constraints your application needs.
    A couple more complications are worth noting, though. Michael Ramirez is right that rotation is a "direction", and I think racking can be thought of that way, too, since angular stress within a joint is not accounted for within the 3 dimensions X 2 directions conceptualization.
    Loved the video. Thanks.

  21. Cindy Harrison on May 12, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    Now I feel a little better about the mortise and Tennant joint on the banister my daughter wants me to build

  22. Contest Will on May 12, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    I’m still confused about how to transfer all the force to the ground for my porch swing that is suspended by four helicopters

  23. Fast Forward on May 12, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    I like it! I liked it a lot… Please more many!

  24. Jeanine Hoffman on May 12, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    This is great! I’ve been thinking a lot about joinery because I’m getting ready to make some things for the house that I want to be nicer than the shop storage I’ve done so far. This reminded me to stop over thinking!

  25. Myra Wright on May 12, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    Wait…people can think on their own?? Wow!! 😊 😃 😀 love you, Bud!

  26. Bruno Guedes on May 12, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    At the 10m20s mark (and a few others), what is that species of wood (the striated one), prominently in the centre of the frame?

  27. Bartosz Rochowski on May 12, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    Actually we have more than 3 dimentions in our world. Euklidesian metrics which applies the best for the constructional purposes has 3 dimentions. Btw. I love your work. I am just the math guy 😉

  28. DeDraconis on May 12, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    Well! Since you offered…

    I have a question that’s like a joint question, but it’s about a joint. At some point, I need to make a set of document shelves (I know posting links hides comments so I’ll reply with a link). But unlike a normal document shelf, because of a very specific application I have, they need to be about 5ft by 6ft. I can support three of the four edges, the sides and the back, but of course the front has to be open. I need ALL the space, so there cannot be any center supports. And.. each shelf is going to have to carry about 45lbs..

    How do I keep them sagging? I was going to go with plywood, but having done some smaller scale projects recently, that stuff sags under its own weight, never mind holding nearly 50lbs with an unsupported 6ft span. I don’t even know if going to aluminium would work and that would be really expensive. I think I saw a video once where someone was making a big book case with a similar problem that like.. routed slots to put bar still ‘vertically’ in the front and back and maybe that would work with a third going through the center, too.. but yeah…

    Any nifty ideas? O.o

  29. MC's Creations on May 12, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    Fantastic explanation, James! 😃
    Thanks a lot!!!
    Stay safe there with your family! 🖖😊

  30. ikust007 on May 12, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    6:32 breadboard…:(

  31. Dale Wysinger on May 12, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    Great video. Thanks.

  32. Michael Ramirez on May 12, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    One more direction is rotation, which becomes relevant with round mortise/tenon.

  33. Jim K on May 12, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    Great explanation! Well done.

  34. Dan Wittmayer on May 12, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    Well done! Food for much thought

  35. ikust007 on May 12, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    James : any videos on breadboard with close ends and the good way to make them ?

  36. Nevin Murtha on May 12, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    Thanks, very good description of how to make the decisions.

  37. Furrilicious101 on May 12, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    True. Teach the why and the how. Give a practical example and explain why it works. The how gets you started. The why gets you far.

  38. JeanMi on May 12, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    That is exactly how I choose my joints but it’s the first time that I see this kind of explanation in a video and therefore this video has a great value for woodworker at every level. Thank you very much for that. What I do is I first choose the direction that need to be constrained and then search something that does it and that I think will look good to me in the particular project !!! Sometimes the "how in the world can you cut that?" also enter into consideration but there is usually an answer to that on youtube

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