It's a locking scarph joint. Joints like that were developed
to make keel timbers for wooden ships (think HMS Victory and
the like), so yeah, they are very strong. Some of them were
quite a bit more complex, too.
Quite the contrary. I have a book on joints(somewhere in the house) ,
many of which I could not make, and it goes back hundreds of years that
these joints have been made.
Many are no longer done, probably because of the skill required, and the
fact that we have other ways of doing things these days (steel bolts and
Some are quite exotic. The one in the video is simple, yet complex.
I have two, one really old ("Woodworking Joints", by Fairham) and "The
Joint Book" by Terrie Noll. The latter has colored diagrams throughout
and that would be the one I would select if I could only have one of
these two. I see Amazon has some others too.
I don't find it offensive at all, but i do find it bewildering.
My interpretation: That cabinet you made is nice, but Ikea has cabinets
too. They use CNC machines, well programmed.
We don't need no stinkin traditional skills.
Ed Pawlowski (sarcastically, I believe) well-captured much of my
reaction. My soul was not as touched as it might be if I were looking
at a nice piece of furniture. However, I'm sure the builder having the
need for the long beam was very satisfied! I am not really "into"
woodworking for its technological elements--in fact, probably just the
opposite is true. It may sound strange to hear that I think I would
rather go back in time with it--not forward in time with it, if that
makes any sense. So the novel engineering joint struck me thus. YMMV.
I think folks are over-thinking this! : )
That's fair. That joint was not a cabinetry joint, which is
the subject we're mainly concerned with. It was a joint from
the ship-building or timber-framing world. Interesting from
an engineering standpoint, and interesting from a historical
standpoint (as others noted, exceptionally complex joints
were used in ship-building and timber-framing back to the
1300's), but not especially relevant to furniture.
Ah, "we" is the participants in the wreck. Having watched
it for a while now, cabinetry of one kind or another - how
to do it, what tools to use, etc, etc - is the bulk of the
on-topic discussion. Which isn't to say that other wood
working topics aren't discussed (not to mention any number
of off-topic topics). But furniture has been the core as
far back as I can remember.
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