10 Best Butt Joint Methods | Woodworking Tips & Tricks

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Welcome to make something with me. David Picciuto.

And today I'm going to show you 10 different ways to make butt joints. 10!

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Butt joint?

It's basically taken one piece of wood and buttoned it up against another.

If you only add glue to this,

this is not a very strong joint because this is end grain.

The end grain soaks in the glue. This will eventually break,

especially as wood expands and contracts. So without further ado,

let's get started. One glue and nails. So I'm gonna throw a little glue on here,

butted up against that.

Not the strongest or the prettiest joint in the world,

but it will get the job done. Number two, screws and plugs,

special type of drill bit that drills a pilot hole.

And then counterbores the top for a plug.

over here at the drill press,

I have a plug cutter that's going to cover up those holes. Now you

can you throw a little glue in there. You want to match the grain.

And number

three pocket holes.

Number four biscuits. Draw a little line there.

now that we've got the two biscuit holes, cut,

fill that with gravy through a biscuit in there.

Number five, domino, which is just like the biscuit,

but uses a different machine.

So once again, we'll make our Mark.

This uses a loose tenon, otherwise known as a domino.

And this works just like the biscuit joiner

tap into the domino.

Throw some clamps on there. Number five, number six dowels.

I'm just going to clamp this up and we will drill a couple holes in there.

it's a lot like six except you don't see the dowels.

number eight, spline.

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but joints number nine. Technically not a butt joint,

but it's going to be pretty. We're going to do a mitered spline.

and finally number 10, the hidden mitered spline.

That is 10 ways we didn't use any clamps, so some of them aren't pretty,

but we spent a little bit more time on there. They would look just fine.

The basic one nails that would work.

If you're just making a simple box to hold stuff in, that would work just fine.

The prettiest ones are the ones with the splines. The mitered,

there are actually a ton of other ways to make,

but joints that we didn't even explore. You could do a loose,

or what'd you call it, Dan? Floating. Floating a loose or floating tenon. Um,

you could do some sort of half lap. You could do some, some rabbits in there.

This is just a quick way to buck joint two pieces of wood.

I hope he got something out of that. If you're new here,

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I don't know. I'll talk to Dan after we shut the camera off. That is it, folks.

We'll see you next Friday with a brand new project. As always, be safe,

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