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.
Very simple jig to cut tight dadoes: just a rectangular piece of wood and a metal screw. Photo 1 by Don Tai
Obsessive, I sometimes am, but for getting tight dadoes it is crucial. Without tight dadoes joints are not as strong. I do not have nor cannot justify a dado set, so need to use my single blade. I was going to build a 2 part kerfmaker, when I found this very simple kerfmaker design that uses a single piece of rectangular wood and a screw. Well, I just had to try it. It works exceedingly well, resulting in tight dado joints.