Interlocking Chinese Joinery with Andrew Hunter

Interlocking Chinese Joinery with Andrew Hunter

Andrew’s Frame-and-Panel article:
Andrew Hunter learned his ultrastrong, rigid frame-and- panel construction from studying the work of Chinese cabinetmakers, who’ve been using it for centuries. In this video, watch Hunter demonstrate some other amazing interlocking joinery.


  1. Bruce Lee on March 27, 2022 at 5:45 pm

    中国花梨家具图考。where to buy the book?

  2. nowonmetube on March 27, 2022 at 5:48 pm

    Man… You look like Dr. Cox from Scrubs and Patrick from Coupling (UK) combined!

  3. some randome tanker on March 27, 2022 at 5:50 pm

    there is reson how chinese buld ajiant casel the can surviv a level 11 earth kwack for a reson

  4. Brain Washington on March 27, 2022 at 5:50 pm

    Thanks Andrew for pointing out that these are ancient Chinese technique. I am quite disgusted the amount of cultural appropriation that China has to put up with. Take for example the ‘Da Vinci Bridge’, well the *Rainbow Bridge* existed in Song Dynasty ancient China a few hundred years before Leonardo Da Vinci’s time, and there is a 900 year old painting to prove it. But at least in this case it is just a matter of mistake because Leonardo Da Vinci probably came up with his bridge design independently, however, I have to say the the worst offender is Japan.

  5. Pablo Atencio on March 27, 2022 at 5:51 pm

    impresionante!! nivel ingeniero!! muy bueno!!

  6. Rui on March 27, 2022 at 5:52 pm

    The demonstration and introduction is so interesting!
    Thank you for making this video to introduce this ancient wisdom.

    It seems that ancient people are really good at using pressure and the power already exists in nature.

  7. song ye on March 27, 2022 at 5:52 pm

    The Chinese carpenter foundation guy name was Luban live around 2000 years ago,he learned this from a cave which preserved the prehistoric human furniture, maybe before big flood .

  8. Leo Miros on March 27, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    Chinese traditional furniture uses fish gloom, it’s strong when it’s dry, but if you steam it, it can be easily removed, it helps to repair.

  9. taximin on March 27, 2022 at 5:56 pm

    Chinese traditional furniture did use "glue", organic though( usually made from Swim bladder of fish) for joinery. And for the surface, it must be brushed many times of "DA QI"(resin). The price of materials and the tech of making is why traditional woodworking pieces are pricy, no matter at old times or modern times. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  10. speedrrracer on March 27, 2022 at 5:56 pm

    So Andrew offered to show you how this is made…can we see that video please?

  11. 刘小煜 on March 27, 2022 at 5:58 pm


  12. P’Koy Meiji on March 27, 2022 at 5:58 pm

    It’s complicated to make and I love complications.

  13. Grandpa Chronicles by Glenn D. Torres on March 27, 2022 at 5:58 pm

    template please

  14. OneBlueLagoon on March 27, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    I was annoyed with the interviewer being too "handsy" and interrupting as he did, awkward.

  15. Michael Gabriel on March 27, 2022 at 6:01 pm

    OMG… To think that these joineries techniques are hundreds or a thousand years old. Mind blowing those ancient Chinese can figure it all out and deep knowledge & understanding of load bearing of it. The tools were rudimentary

  16. jason woods on March 27, 2022 at 6:03 pm


  17. Anton Kränzle on March 27, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    From 9:30 onward my mind got blown

  18. MeiLanyu on March 27, 2022 at 6:05 pm

    google-辛全生 。里面有教学。

  19. Keith Callen on March 27, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    Lip smacking, ugh!

  20. Larry Daniels on March 27, 2022 at 6:07 pm

    That is eye-opening! Thanks for the information.

  21. Ben TheKeeshond on March 27, 2022 at 6:08 pm

    I think this type of woodwork skills is more like 2000 years earlier than the Ming Dynasty. @9:30, what book is that? How can I buy one? Also, can we have an instructional video showing us how to create a few of these locking joineries? Please!

  22. Miguel Garcia on March 27, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    Thank you for such an educative video. wonderful designs and craftsmanship.
    I wanted to ask what tool do you use to do the tapered sliding dovetail battens?
    Do you use a special plane to give you the dovetail angle?
    Thank you in advance.

  23. Harry Roger on March 27, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    Japanese took this advanced Joinery and made changes that improved its usefulness in Japan.

  24. tjzx3432 on March 27, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    Holy shit its Stuart.

  25. Peter Walker on March 27, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    It might last 500 years but it will take 500 to build

  26. Matthew Rowan on March 27, 2022 at 6:15 pm

    Stop cutting your interviewee off, we want to hear him talk, not you.

  27. Chao Wei on March 27, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    I am recommending a very nice app called "wood joint 榫卯", which’s got a lots of traditional Chinese wood joineries rendered in 3d. THere are pictures and interactive user interface available. One of the favorite app on my phone.

  28. MacAutopsy on March 27, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    I think Andrew was trying to run away from this guy keeps uttering the word "delicate mitre joint".

  29. Alex Wong on March 27, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    Beautiful video, a little rough to watch as the guy on the right interrupts the guy on the left every 5 seconds…

  30. James Lucas on March 27, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    Ummm this gentleman is a human CNC machine with built in computer and 3D software.
    So let me see, we had Ming CNC machines but we had to wait until 1940s to find out.
    All kidding aside, he is amazing. Pure and simple.

  31. beethovensg on March 27, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    This bearded klutz needs to stop talking.

  32. john rudolph on March 27, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    Truly amazing, this will change my perspective and approach in building furniture.. in love.

  33. Food Paradise on March 27, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    Much of CHinese woodworking techniques are lost. If you want to see little of it, go to the forbidden city.

  34. Michael Goh 吴 on March 27, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    The joints are so difficult to cut.

  35. Zuhuo Shi on March 27, 2022 at 6:24 pm


  36. 鳳凰 on March 27, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    You know i wonder if you could make it even stronger if you did that but instead if wood steel or titanium? If thats possible…

  37. Dom Ward on March 27, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    Very clever

  38. Carlos Cardova on March 27, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    impressive yes first time seeing this type of joinery
    very interesting, I LIKE VERY MUCH

  39. Alan Xu on March 27, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    i used to eat on those and use those in my grandpa’s house. still remember all those framed table top. those little gaps are always full of dirt and i usually drop rice into them and get blamed by grandma haha.

  40. jzizzles on March 27, 2022 at 6:28 pm

    So the Chinese went from this to fucking ikea bull shit using elmers glue and dowels. LMFAO Man they are going backwards.

  41. tresia ndinelago johannes on March 27, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    Can I please have your email address

  42. kaiwen he on March 27, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    he did it wrong on the frame and panel structure .

  43. KS C on March 27, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    I just got introduced into this level of joinery. Very late I am embarrassed to say. I bought 2 square stools made by a Chinese carpenter in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. Its made of Belian, an ironwood which makes the joinery even more impressive. One of the stools was damaged so I took it apart to restore it. That was when I saw the internal mitre joints. Blown away. Way beyond my capability. Anyway I have drawn the stool and its joinery in sketchup. If anyone wants it in sketchup format, I am happy to share it for free. email me at koonsiang at gmail dot com

  44. Panic Farm on March 27, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    This is awesome subscribed for sure

  45. 刘小煜 on March 27, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    China’s desktop is basically not made of a whole board, but several boards. The board is also made of glue. However, China uses glue called "fish bladder glue", which is a kind of glue boiled from fish bladder. Because the strength of this glue is not very high, it is necessary to use the piercing of swallow tail trough to stabilize the desktop without cracking. Another point is that if the video is used as a desktop, the wood used in the frame is too narrow. Chinese furniture used as the frame of the desktop, all of them use at least 7 cm wide wood, because only when the wood is wide enough, it can leave enough space for mortise and tenon to connect with the main body. In addition, the wide desktop border, it seems to be full of material, giving a sense of atmosphere. However, if it is used as a cabinet door, the frame in the video is a bit too big, because as a cabinet door, it pays attention to the big side and narrow side, so it looks lighter and has a sense of line.

  46. kimchee94112 on March 27, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    Just beautiful, could watch stuff like this for hours. I have an article on an ancient Chinese chair construction with hidden complex, compound joineries somewhere, no glue or nails either. Making entry doors and Japanese shoji panels for all window screens. For now I’m dependent on yellow glue, nail guns and pocket screws – ha, ha.

  47. Hairy Scary on March 27, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    I wonder what would be the miter look like those old days.

  48. Chao Dong on March 27, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    In Chinese it call 粽角榫 (zongjiaosun), add more exotic to miter joint

  49. Henry J on March 27, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    How does he make the sliding dovetail in the panel with hand tools? Wow

  50. brettD on March 27, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    Wow, Incredible.