7 Reasons Japanese Joinery is wonderful

April 12,2021

⚡️Joinery is an important part of most woodworking and it is found in furniture, cabinetry, windows and doors, flooring, and much more. Years before the invention of metal screws, Japanese carpenters made their own amazing and practical wooden joints. 


If you have fine woodwork that needs to be both strong and decorative, the art of Japanese joinery is the solution!


Why won't you try it on your next woodworking project? 🤩

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1. TO CREATE STRONG WOODWORKING PROJECTS

Japanese joinery will help you create incredibly durable, tough, flexible and visually appealing woodworking projects. We have all seen the beautiful Japanese temples and shrines, well these were/are a perfect example of the strength and durability of these joints

2. LEARN NEW SKILLS

Cutting the pieces in such a way that they fit together as tightly as if they’d grown that way in the first place is not easy. Such unforgiving joinery is surely the truest test of woodworking skill: if you don’t do it perfectly, down comes the temple

3. TO BE DECORATIVE

While the primary purpose of joinery is to hold wood together strongly and securely, it can also be a decorative feature of the project in which the joinery is used. For example, dovetails are the more flamboyant joints of the woodwork world, often appearing complex and difficult to pull off, but providing a firm locking structure and aesthetic appeal to furniture designs. 

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4. TO SAVE MONEY

Use one simple material: WOOD! Rather than using glue, nails, and other fasteners, the traditional art of Japanese wood joinery uses the elaborately carved interlocking wooden joins

5. UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVITY

What makes Japanese woodworking unique, especially the joinery, is the pure ingenuity and combinations. Because you don't use nails, you must be creative in making designs to display the aesthetics and practical use of this art. 

6. BECAUSE IT'S FUN 

Japanese joinery can be tricky! It can be helpful to think of it like a jigsaw puzzle, where the “out” piece fits into the “in” piece. Some people even dubbed the thousand year art as Tetris of woodworking! 

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7. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MYSTERY OF JAPANESE JOINERY

Even until recent times, the techniques for making certain joinery designs were kept a fiercely guarded secret of family carpentry guilds, and away from public knowledge. Thanks to the accessibility and shareability that has been brought about by the internet, joinery is now accessible for every woodworking lovers

We hope this article encourages you to just go for it or just learn more about this wonderful technique!


Josh J. Gur - CEO

CEO of Sanrico

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