Joinery Techniques

When you come to us for a piece of handmade, custom furniture, we offer a 360 degree look at what you can expect. Nothing is hidden or covered up, no corners cut.    Most importantly, we want you to be an educated consumer.

 From the moment you step into our workshop or showroom, we will guide you through each phase of construction, from beginning to end. Jim employs precise joinery techniques such as hand cut dovetails, true mortise and tenons, pegs and wedges,(to name a few) in place of modern day fastners or quick and easy short-cuts. Even if you choose not to purchase a piece of furniture from us, you will leave, knowing more about the importance of quality joinery, and what goes into each of our pieces. So, don't be afraid to ask questions, look underneath, or inside....

                                         We welcome you to SEE beyond the LOOK!

True Bread Board ends
True Bread Board ends
Feet for round pedestal table.

Feet for round pedestal table.

These four feet are all ready with tenons, to be glued into the mortises on the round pedestal.

Front Facing in clamps

Front Facing in clamps

Drawer sides

Drawer sides

Dove tailed drawer sides

Hand cut dove tails

Hand cut dove tails

Hand cut dove tail joinery

Finished hand cut dove tails

Finished hand cut dove tails

Here is a look at the finished hand cut dove tails on one of the drawers

Half lap joinery

Half lap joinery

Half lap joinery on face frame work

Hand cut dove tails

Hand cut dove tails

Hand cut dove tail joinery on drawers

Hand cut dove tails

Hand cut dove tails

Hand cut dove tails with groove for drawer bottom

Dove tail tenons

Dove tail tenons

Hand cut dove tail tenons

Hand tools

Hand tools

Chisels and a mallet for hand cut dove tails

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Detailed hand work..

Detailed hand work..

Hand cut dove tail drawer

Hand cut dove tail drawer

Fitting the hand cut dove tails

Hand cut dove tail

Hand cut dove tail

Dove tail saw cuts out the joints

Cutting Dovetails

Cutting Dovetails

Hand cut dove tails going together

Hand cut dove tails going together

Dry fit

Dry fit

Facing on side board

Facing on side board

hand cut dove tails

hand cut dove tails

Using a jointing plane

Using a jointing plane

Here Jim is using a large jointing plane to get the joint perfect.This is half of a 7ft round table top.

Complex angle joint

Complex angle joint

Many times the joinery is complex and has specific ....

Leaf system

Leaf system

This is the leaf system, or "company board" system on our Shaker inspired double pedestal table. The slides are made from solid Ash

Custom Ebony screw

Custom Ebony screw

Jim designed this beautiful Ebony screw to hold the table together. The common method is a simple wedge..We decided this table was too special for such a common technique.

Bottom of pedetsal base

Bottom of pedetsal base

Notice the way the legs are attached to the solid Cherry columns...very sturdy and precise.

Wide board

Wide board

We use wide boards in most of our tables. Here Jim was

drawer repair

drawer repair

We also do restoration and repair work. Here Jim is restoring an antique drawer.

Square pegs

Square pegs

These square pegs "float in an elongated hole to allow for movement. Only the center pin is glued.

Hand tools

Hand tools

Jim uses a variety of hand tools in the building of our furniture, making it truly Handmade.

New England Joinery
Bow back Windsor side chair in black cra
(207) 440-3885 | Jim's cell

641 Route 135 | Monmouth, ME. 04259

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