TOOL & MATERIAL CHECKLIST
_ Power or Hand Woodworking Equipment
_ Wood To Be Joined □ Fasteners
_ Adhesives □ Abrasive Paper
_ Tape Measure □ Marking Pencils
Read This Entire How-To Booklet for Spécifie Tools and Materials Not Noted in The Basics Listed Above.
Build almost anything—from buildings to bookshelves—and the project will call for some kind of wood joinery technique. There are countless ways to make wood joints, and there are countless variations on thèse ways. You probably will even invent some of your own wood joints as you experiment with the basic joints and splices shown in this How-To Booklet.
A butt joint is die easiest and simplest of ail joints—wood or métal. You’11 find it widely used in construction carpentry, but only rarely in fine woodworking or cabinetmaking. A butt joint dépends on the fasteners (nails, screws, dowels, adhesive) for strength, and so the joint may be considered a weak joint. But “weak” may be good enougli for the project.
When making a butt joint clieck the wood with a try or combination square to be sure that the end of the wood to be butted against the surface of the adjoining pièce is perfectiy square.
Use the square to mark the surface to be joined, so that the two pièces will be at perfect riglit angles to one another.
If possible, join the wood with both mechanical fasteners (nails, screws, dowels) and adhesive. You can add strength to the joint with métal angles and corner braces, if thèse devices will not spoil the appearance of the project.