The secret to great woodworking is not always working hard, it is also working smart. A case in point is joinery. You can spend a lot of time on making biscuits and using clamps and glue, but for other projects, the use of pocket joints and screws is just as strong and far easier.
Joining two pieces of wood with pocket joints usually starts with drilling two parallel, shallow, angled holes in one of the sections to be joined. This task cannot be done by hand but it is accomplished easily and accurately with the use of special pocket joint jig. Next, you clamp the two pieces together in any configuration you need – use a little wood glue, if it makes you feel more secure – and then join the pieces with wood screws.
Pocket joints are used extensively in furniture and trim work. While they go together easily, they are fairly unsightly and should only be used in places where they won’t shoe on the finished product.
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