Intro to Joinery – Understanding the Basics to be a Better Woodworker

Intro to Joinery – Understanding the Basics to be a Better Woodworker

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Dowel Jig:

Pocket Hole Jig:

Ryoba Handsaw:

Miter Gauge:

Rabbeting Bit:

Tongue and Groove Bit Set:

Flat Top Grind Blade (FTG) for Joinery:

Dovetail Router Bit:





Dowel Desk For my son with Plugged Screws:

Dowel Jig:

Wood Movement Calculator from Jonathan Katz-Moses:

Table with Hidden Spline Miter Joint:

Box with Brass Splines (Router Table Spline Jig):

Drill Press Angle Jig:

Exact Width Dado Jig:

6 Ways to Cover Plywood (Tongue and Groove info):

Angled Bridle Joint How To:

Whole Table build with Angled Bridle Joint:

Tenoning Jig:

3 Way Bridle Joint:

Loose Tenon Jig:

Alternative methods to a Domino Joint:

Tablesaw Finger Joint/Box Joint Jig:


Box without reinforcements in Miter:

Record Player Stand with Sliding Dovetail in Base:


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0:00 Intro
0:19 reMarkable
2:31 Butt Joint
8:02 Miter
10:36 Dados, Grooves, and Rabbets
13:09 Tongue and Groove
14:08 Lap Joints
16:42 Bridle Joint
18:11 Mortise and Tenon
19:37 Loose Tenon
20:33 Box Joints
21:43 Dovetails
23:06 Sliding Dovetail
24:07 Outro


  1. Bob Snow on May 13, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    Well… before heading out to Home-depot this morning. I finished my coffee and You-Tube’s I watching with your Joinery Video… well thought out with lots of information to boot! I told you my daughter has 9 children 2 above 19 and 7 from 4 to 15… she sent me photos of her Kitchen that she did over; Cabinets, counter top, electrical and moved walls… WOW! I feel lucky because how many Fathers can talk to their daughters about the best power tools to use… 🙂 Maybe break the joinery video into segments showing different projects using the different methods… because everyone has their favorite method when it comes to Joinery… You did another great ***** video!!!

  2. Sascha Hoppe on May 13, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    Greetings from Germany. I really love your video and this was very helpful for me.

  3. Lance Bosma on May 13, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    Bourbon moth just did a test of different joints using a lot of the ones you have discussed in this video. You should check it out very interesting.

  4. Dirk Haar on May 13, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    Saved for later recall/general quick reference. Should be linked in WP "joinery".

  5. J C Nuss on May 13, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    So how do you attach a breadboard so it won’t split the adjoining boards?

  6. นราเดช รอดแสดง on May 13, 2022 at 7:18 pm


  7. John V on May 13, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    Nada Surf FTW! I honestly didn’t think anyone else remembered them.

    Oh, nice joinery video too

  8. Craig Goodwin on May 13, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    Tamar, I hope your sponsors appreciate the number of tools and jigs I have in my shop solely because of your influence. Regardless, I think your infectious energy, enthusiasm, and laughter has been the most important addition. I really appreciate the way your extra effort in referencing various spots in your video as well as some of the tools you used. I have "saved" this one for my future reference. I think today would be great to get out in the shop and join a few scraps together just for the heck of it. Thanks for Sharing!

  9. Fred Leber on May 13, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    in your broken table because of the pocket holes, did you use pocket holes and glue or just pocket holes?

  10. Dan Tower on May 13, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    The remarkable is pretty great.

  11. Terry Titus on May 13, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    I learned more from this one video than I did from a semester of wood shop in high school. To be fair, that teacher was a joke, but I am so thankful for your channel and others that allow me to finally learn how to work with wood, 40 years later. Your videos are very well filmed and edited. After watching hours of people talking incessantly without showing how something was done, or having poor lighting or shaky cameras, it it a pleasure to watch you. Thanks, and please keep it up.

  12. Jeff Sinason on May 13, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    Another great video. Thank you.

  13. Bob Purcell on May 13, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    Thanks for another great video, Tamar. I don’t know if you are the "Queen of Joinery" or "Empress of Jigs" — either way, your the Boss!

  14. Marek Szwed-Lipiński on May 13, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    4:31 more solid than you jeans 😉

  15. Eric Petitclerc on May 13, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    As always, wonderful teacing moment. Thank you Tamar!

  16. José Cordeiro on May 13, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    You have no idea how much you help us by sharing your knowledge and experiences about Woodworking. Thank you very much! You are so amazing!

  17. AbdicateDotNet on May 13, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    Wow!! I’ve seen so many joinery videos, but yours is far superior!! Thank you VERY much for taking the time to explain AND demo each joint! I too have a reMarkable and I absolutely love it! When I was a kid I used to draw a lot and quit as I got older. I’ve started drawing again because of reMarkable! Thanks again for sharing!! I LOVE your channel!! 👏👏⭐⭐❤❤

  18. BookofIsaiah (Matt B) on May 13, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    EXCELLENT tutorial Tamar!!!! I always learn so much from your videos!!! Thank you!!!

  19. coda creator on May 13, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    Pen and paper here, too!

  20. Marek Szwed-Lipiński on May 13, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    Bourbon Moth made an episode about joinery on April 30th (, the Foureyes Furniture on May 12 ( Now YT informs me about your episode. Coincinence or conspiration theory in practice? XD Now it’s time from Pask Makes, Samurai Carprenter, John Heisz and John Malecki to JOIN (pun intended) to that woodworking trend.

  21. tchevrier on May 13, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    gluing end grain is inherently a weak joint, is a myth. see Patrick Sullivan video.
    mitre joints are inherently weak, is also a myth. see Patrick Sullivan and bourbon moth.

  22. Mindy Hall on May 13, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    Such a good teacher!

  23. Ian Hurley on May 13, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    Great video supper explained

  24. Mark Couper on May 13, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    first time see your vlogs finally someone that knows what they are talking about you do joints the same way i do so i will be looking at your other vlogs keep up the nice work

  25. Scrapwood Hobbyist on May 13, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    Awesome video. You commented on the length of it, but that’s only an issue in the absence of quality, and this was all quality.

  26. The Red Truck Woodshop on May 13, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    Thanks. I really like the end grain pre-glue trick. I will be using this in my next project with my daughter where I can’t think of any other joint method.

  27. Dennis Hinkle on May 13, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    Hey Tamar look at Epic Upcycling latest video.

  28. Marek Szwed-Lipiński on May 13, 2022 at 7:47 pm

  29. Piotr Kuligowski on May 13, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    hello every time you embarrass me what knowledge you have just lack of words. I love you

  30. Violet Town Micro Enterprises on May 13, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    You’re good. Clear and concise, to the point, no fluffing-about with distracting (read boring) music in the background ( or foreground),
    just good information. Only way to improve is dump the sponsor’s adds and.. thats not happening so, all is good. So, Thank you!!

  31. southernmistii on May 13, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    Tamar, need some advice. I am going to ‘breadboard’ the ends of my walnut desk. I intend on using ¾” walnut dowels to secure the breadboard to the ends of the desk after I use my router to reduce the ends to fit the slot that I will cut with my dado stack. The question I have is how much hole offset should I drill in the desk so that when the dowels are pounded in tightening the breadboard to the desk proper? Thanks.

  32. Mel Whan on May 13, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    What a great breakdown of joinery. Thank you!

  33. Makin Newcounts on May 13, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    Tamar I strong man good looks money very big in pant. I have one question because I love you. Will your beautiful body mind pls marry? I take best care of you let you work in garage all day, bed with me at night. Pls think we will be so happy I excite.

  34. Keith Johnson on May 13, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    Nice video. I always look forward to your video drops, ‘keep doing you’ nice touch…

  35. Andri S on May 13, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    Great video. One of the best I have seen about joinery. Will come back to it often for sure

  36. Bryan Petersen on May 13, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    Another GREAT video, Tamar! Always enjoy watching your vids!

  37. John Cheong on May 13, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    I now manage and run a non-profit woodworking makerspace and this video is perfect for a lot of my members, many of whom have basic woodworking skills. This is a great video that helps them understand joinery better and sets them on the path to trying new things out. Thank you so much for this and all your amazing content.

  38. Simon Allard on May 13, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    You are SO good at delivering content. Your video contains a lot yet everything is super well explained and the whole thing flows. Thank you very much, learned a lot!

  39. robmille on May 13, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    absolutely love this explainer! So helpful for newbies.

  40. S GM on May 13, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    Great video!

  41. I Enjoy Creating Videos on May 13, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    Good video Tamar! Thanks for sharing it with us!👍💖😎JP

  42. Lori Scott on May 13, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    Great information Tamar and as always you explain everything so well. Thanks for taking the time to do this!

  43. slave No. 4028 on May 13, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    holy crap that was a long sponsor ad

  44. Bill Ferrol on May 13, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    Hi again Tamar – did you watch Jason at Bourbon Moth’s joint strength video a week ago?

  45. Jonas Vaitiekunas on May 13, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    you are amazing;)

  46. Andy Mac on May 13, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    Excellent tutorial, giving names to the things you already kind of know. Glad you are sponsored, can get new jeans. I’m old. 🙂

  47. Maxime on May 13, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    Next video: how to make joinery without glue.

  48. Fred Leber on May 13, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    Even in the butt joint example after glue sizing, the lighter wood fibers did get ripped off and are visible on the walnut (?) so, not so bad but yeah not the best ever

  49. Norman Bott on May 13, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    I suffer from multi-padness too ! There’s a sketch of workshop mods with dimensions and I CAN’T find it anywhere ! Just making some calculations and notes for a loudspeaker project at this moment ( on paper )
    Great content as always. 👍

  50. Bob Dove on May 13, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    I’m a hobby woodworker and when I read the comments it’s amazing how many viewers have 15 -25 years experience yet still give very positive feedback. I agree, you are an excellent teacher and so easy to listen to. Thanks. ( from Australia)