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Sure, anyone could put things together using a hammer and nails, or at least we’d hope so. But it takes real craftsmanship to fasten stuff together using precisely crafted wooden joints.

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The dovetail joint technique originated many of centuries ago and can be found on furniture in Ancient Egyptian and Chinese tombs. But when something works as well as it does, it’s a wonder that anyone would use anything else. Master carpenter Theo Cook shows us an amazing Japanese dovetail joint that he made, with plans for a how-to-do video coming in the future.

The preciseness and perfection that goes into making this work are highly admirable skills, and he should be proud of his work.

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