Rethink Woodworking

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About Rethinking Woodworking

There are endless ways to attach one board to another to create just about anything made of wood. In this blog I focus on four concepts that are not commonly discussed, but should be, because they are functional, fun and and strong. Any one of these four methods can be the basis for a lifetime’s worth of projects while combining two or more provides endless possibilities for building everything from small tables to full-scale buildings. To make this point I design projects using one or more of the methods; I build those projects in my shop with a video camera whirling; those videos are posted on YouTube; the cut-lists for the projects are made available to Members; and then we sell the hard-to-get components in our online Store. Folks wanting even more training can visit our online Woodworking Bootcamp or attend one of Mike’s hands-on workshops in Door County, WI or at other venues across the U.S. and Canada.

“That’s my story and I’m Stickn’ to it!” (Jimmy Buffett – Off To See The Lizard)

1 – Tri-Lam Joinery

Three boards are better than one!

USES OFF-THE-SHELF LUMBER

Affordable, available, kiln-dried…

CREATES PERFECT MORTISES AND TENONS

Look ma! No chisels! No expensive machines!

STRONG AND STABLE

“United we stand. Divided we twist”

SCALABLE

Small tables to huge buildings!

TRI-LAM JOINERY

Three boards are better than one!

THREADED TENONS

THREADED TENON JOINERY

2 – Threaded Tenon Joinery

Patent Pending Joinery System

THINK “KNOCK-DOWN”

Assemble, disassemble, reassemble 1,000 times…

DIY EASY

Simple system. Simple tools.

SCALABLE

Benches to tables to beds to buildings…

Steel Ballast Bases

Cantilevered benches, tables…

REDUCE POST FROM 4 TO 2

Low center of gravity = small footprint

DIY SIMPLE

No welding. No cutting.

INDUSTRIAL STYLE OR HIDDEN

Let your creative juices flow…

STEEL BALLAST

REALLY? STEEL BALLAST?

HOLLOW POSTS

HOLLOW CORE POSTS

4 – Hollow Core Post

Less is more!

USES OFF-THE-SHELF LUMBER

Kiln-dried big-box store friendly

RARE SPECIES FRIENDLY

Use wormy, spalted, raw edge, rough-sawn…

LIGHT WEIGHT

Hollow means “light” but strong

LOW VOLTAGE WIRING

Hollow means “hollow” so…