The Key to Great M&T Joints: The Shoulder Plane

Ralph prefers to hand-make mortises, cutting the tenons oversize and then fitting them using a shoulder plane. In making the Butterfly Leaf Table, Ralph relies on this technique for creating the mortise and tenons in Episode 7.

In this Bonus Content video, Ralph demonstrates what defines a shoulder plane and how to use shoulder planes to both fit and position the tenon accurately.

Three Easy Ways to Plug Pocket Screw Holes

The chairs we build in Woodcademy Episodes 5 & 6 now streaming on Amazon Prime, we use pocket screws pretty extensively. And although the holes are positioned so that they are generally unseen, plugging the holes gives the project a more polished, handcrafted look.

In this video, Ralph demonstrates three easy ways to plug the pocket hole screws to fully finish the look of your chairs.

Kreg Plug Cutter Kit 

Tenon Cutter Set