Tee-Halving Joint

At work today, I spent a lot of time thinking about how I haven’t done a video for over one month now; how much I want to make the most of what time I have left in my workshop; how I need to crack on and finish the mobile base I started for my table saw, weeks ago… All whilst banging nail after nail in to small sheets of wavy birch plywood!

So, I was home by 17.00 and, after briefly stopping in the bathroom, I grabbed my camera and headed straight out to the workshop! Evenings have been almost mild this week (even though forecasters are now forewarning the threat of snow to follow this weekend – just when we were opening our arms to welcome the spring!). In two hours, I managed to get the following filmed and also, I made some good progress on the mobile base, which I’ll share with you another time.

This is something that I originally intended to film and publish about a month ago during Get Woodworking Week… I also have a ‘Valentine’s Gift’ idea that I’d like to film at some point but, it looks like I’m going to sail straight past Mother’s Day with that one as well! This video’s all about cutting a tee-halving joint, which is a traditional form of lap-joint, between two pieces at 90°.

I hope you enjoy the video. I’m incredibly nervous and fast-talking infront of the camera but I welcome all and any comments people may have. It takes a good hour for me to upload a video of this length and I do now try to keep them brief… That also means compromising a little on the finished quality but then, I’m only using Windows Movie Maker, which is a free program.

If I was to use something paid-for (like Camtasia), would I able to experience faster upload speeds?

Ideally, I’d like to have one short video to upload once each week. In fact, from the video I’m sharing with you this evening, I could easily have cut a section from the end and published that under its own heading.

Thanks both for reading and for watching!

8 thoughts on “Tee-Halving Joint

  1. Very useful video, you make it look so easy. Which marking knife would you recommend?

    Liked the router depth-stop tip too!


      1. Ouch, a trifle expensive! I’d better stick with the stanley knife for now 😉


  2. I’ve always called that joint a ship-lap though I’m pretty sure that isn’t always the proper term for it. I like how you use your miter saw. I have a sliding compound saw but I don’t often use it for woodworking. I originally purchased it for doing carpentry projects. The spacer tip is a good one. It took me a few messed up boards before I figured it out! Good video!

    1. Thanks for your comment.

      I’ve always found that most woodworking joints (not to mention tools) carry several different names, depending on where you are and who taught you, etc.

      A lot of people overlook the mitre saw but I don’t seriously have the space for a decent-sized table saw and, with a bandsaw for ripping, it’s always worked well for me.

  3. Another vote for the Tee halving joint here! I’ve always known the Shiplap joint as being what you get on Shiplap boards – two overlapping rebates, sort of a poorer tongue and groove joint.

    For your videos have a look at ‘Serif Movieplus x5’, that’s what I use after much experimenting with different programs.

    1. Same here – we’ve got a shed made with shiplap boarding. That stuff does seem to be cheaper to buy than T&G as well.

      Thanks for the program recommendation. It looks quite cheap to buy but that’s probably because X6 is now available.

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