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Timber butt joints

Create a simple butt joint when building any timber frames for stability and ease.

Using a custom jig

To increase speed and accuracy when aligning evenly spaced timber, create a jig from a scrap piece of wood.

What does proud mean?

A feature that is raised above the surrounding surface can be described as proud.

What does flush mean?

Surfaces, sides or edges that are level with each other are described as flush.

Mark measurements on cut lengths

To make it easy to identify cut lengths of timber, mark the dimensions on the wood with a pencil.

Pilot holes

Drilling pilot holes in your timber will help prevent the wood from splitting.

Create a level support for a chop saw

To ensure you are using your power saw safely and precisely, it is key to create a level support for this bulky tool.

Crosshatch markings with a pencil

To avoid confusion, mark your timber with cross-hatching or a scribble to indicate where fixings should sit.

Work from both ends of your timber

Cutting both ends of the timber will save you time adjusting the angle of your chop saw.

Plugging a hole with a dowel

For a professional clean finish, fill holes with a dowel for a flush surface.

Use a drilling template

Creating a drilling template will save you time and effort.

Use PVA and super glue when pinning

Use glue to secure a joint before pinning to make the process easier.

Use a nail or pin gun at an angle

To create stronger, sturdier joints, use your nail or pin gun at an angle.

Make a chop saw stop block

Cut multiple lengths of timber at speed by creating a stop block for your chop saw.

Making a 90 degree timber drill jig

Help guide your drill squarely into wood using a drill jig made from timber offcuts.

Make a small hole before drilling

Using a bradawl to create a small hole in woodwork will ease the insertion of screws or nails.

Use a countersink drill bit for a flush finish

For a flush finish, use a countersink bit to bevel the rim of a drilled hole so that a screw or bolt can be inserted flush to the surface.

Marking a drill bit depth gauge

Use masking tape to mark a depth gauge on your drill bit to ensure you drill accurate holes in your woodwork projects.

Mark measurements with a crows foot

Marking measurements with a crows foot mark rather than a line or dash will make it clearer when drilling or cutting.