Stronger is Better
Traditional, hand-cut joinery requires skill and a great deal of practice to master. But are those fancy joints necessary? Nah. I still use mortise-and-tenons or dovetails when a project calls for it. But for most projects, I just need joinery that’s strong and simple. My go-to methods include pocket screws, dowels, biscuits and the Beadlock system. There’s no reason to have all of them in your arsenal. Most serious woodworkers choose one or two, become proficient at them and
You can get a basic pocket hole kit for about $30. You’ll need a supply of different lengths of special self-drilling washer-head screws (course threads for hardwoods). You likely already have a drill/driver, which is the only necessary tool. That’s a plus, as you don’t need to purchase yet another tool that only has one purpose. Once you’ve become a convert, you can pick up more clamps, accessories and jigs to really step up your production. The only downside to pocket screws is that without special clamps, they don’t provide positive alignment of parts for assembly. Learn more about using pocket screws here.
- No clamping required
- Visible holes
- Does’t provide positive alignment