Marks out of 10?

The Birds Beak Joint was a great place to start, an interesting combination of a mortice and tenon and a half lap joint. I resisted the urge to lash out on the joint with the saw and took a moment to establish where the waste was. When there are so many marking lines flying in all different directions it can be easy to make a mistake.


I forgot to consider the width of my narrowest chisel and as a result the gap between the birds beak and the tenon was a little tight. As you can see below there’s not a lot of room so if you’re having a go make the gap slightly wider than your narrowest chisel or use some thicker stock.

With both sides roughed out it was time for a test fit.

There was a little bit of cleaning up to be done on the mortice as this was quite tight, but eventually it all went together nicely.

Well it could be tighter but for a first attempt I’m pretty pleased. The soft wood has exposed some sloppy chisel work, hence why we have bruised edges and a gap, but working with the Yellow Pine was always inviting. It’s quite forgiving for this kind of practise work, I felt I could salvage something of the joint even if it went wrong rather than being left with yet more scrap. I’ll be attempting this joint a few more times to try and improve the process.

Click this LINK to see it being put together.

What joint should I try next?