First Tongue and Groove Joint in Wood

First tongue and groove joint in wood, a long time coming, and a series of steps. Photo 4 by Don Tai

First tongue and groove joint in wood, a long time coming, and a series of steps. Photo 4 by Don Tai

I watch the Woodsmith Shop on OTA TV, and am always amazed at their accuracy and precision. It is not just that they have all the fancy tools, but also that they have tuned their skills to get accurate results. In the reality of my world and my skill I can only approximate their level of expertise. This is my first tongue and groove joint in wood, the result of a long series of steps that took discipline and thinking. As I have no money I have to make do with what I have, which is fine. This is life.

The first step was to learn how to use my inexpensive 10″ Delta 36-510C table saw. It came with a terrible fence that probably set me back a few years, as nothing I could do would make it cut straight. It turned out the fence was terrible and needed replacement.

Next I made a fence that was accurate and allowed me to do repeatable cuts. An accurate fence is worth more than the actual saw, but they now work well together.

The next step was the tongue and groove jig, which was not so difficult to make, followed by an afternoon of actually trying to make a tongue and groove joint. It is all nice to see it done on TV, but doing it yourself is a whole other story. It is not that easy.

First tongue and groove joint in wood, a long time coming, and a series of steps. Photo 1 by Don Tai

First tongue and groove joint in wood, a long time coming. Photo by Don Tai

First tongue and groove joint in wood, a long time coming, and a series of steps. Photo 2 by Don Tai

First tongue and groove joint in wood, a long time coming, and a series of steps. Photo 2 by Don Tai

First tongue and groove joint in wood, a long time coming, and a series of steps. Photo 3 by Don Tai

First tongue and groove joint in wood, a long time coming, and a series of steps. Photo 3 by Don Tai

First tongue and groove joint in wood, a long time coming, and a series of steps. Photo 4 by Don Tai

First tongue and groove joint in wood, a long time coming, and a series of steps. Photo 4 by Don Tai

Tongue and groove jig, as seen on Woodsmith Shop TV. Photo 5 by Don Tai

Tongue and groove jig, as seen on Woodsmith Shop TV. Photo 5 by Don Tai

Tongue and groove jig, as seen on Woodsmith Shop TV. Photo 6 by Don Tai

Tongue and groove jig, as seen on Woodsmith Shop TV. Photo 6 by Don Tai

This is a small step for me, but I continue to learn, think and improve. I will need practice, and continue to think about how to improve my accuracy. More thinking and more doing.

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