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How To Make Tongue and Groove Tutorial

Tongue and groove joinery is Clint’s favorite method when joining table tops – this how to make tongue and groove tutorial is one you’ll definitely want to check out!

So if my dream is to build my own farmhouse table, tongue and groove would be better then pocket holes? What if I don’t have a router or table saw? Borrow?

So yes tongue and groove is a time-tested method that is better than pocket holes…but pocket holes will work as well. You can also use a biscuit jointer or domino jointer.


What size bits are you using with your router to make joints like that? Also I noticed on your table saw, is that a teflon fence and did you buy it like that or fabricate it yourself?

We use adjustable tongue and groove router bits so that the size can vary based on the thickness of the wood we are using. Our table saw fence came like that.

What is your opinion on pocket hole joinery for a table top?

I would use tongue and groove joinery, domino jointer, biscuit jointer, dowel joints, and then pocket holes (in that order) when joining a table top. I would use pocket holes for a lot of other things but for table tops it’s just not my favorite.

What kind of router bits are they?

They are just adjustable tongue and groove router bits with either a half inch shank or quarter inch shank depending on your router size.

Thanks for tuning in,

Clint Harp

& The Team at Harp Design Co.

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