Some decades ago I walked across some common ground agonising over how best to describe a one-day workshop for 25 people coming for instruction from me. Every day for two full weeks the struggle continued and it kept me awake at night too. You see in 1989 I sensed a need to try to change the face of woodworking to dismantle the idea that progressive woodworking could only be accomplished by using machines. I was in the US where everything then was routed by routers and people spent hours, days and years making jigs to guarantee their cuts would create good joints even if they needed only one joint. The problem was I knew different. I knew that with three joints and ten hand tools a woodworker could make almost anything from wood and that they could do that in a fraction of the time it took to make the jigs. I coined the phrase three joints and ten hand tools and it all went progressive from there as I went on and personally trained the over 5,500 woodworkers what the true art of real woodworking was all about.
So recently we have posted some YouTube videos detailing exactly what I taught. I hope you enjoy this one on making the mortise and tenon joint in oak.