Welcome to Rethink Woodworking™ where we help woodworkers and carpenters incorporate “knock-down” functionality into their projects via our Project Examples, Tutorials, Templates, Jigs, Cutlists, SketchUp Files, CNC Files, Patented Hardware and 24/7 access to a community of others that have similar interests. It’s About KnockDown™

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Woodworking, for the most part, is about attaching one board to another aka “joinery”. Most traditional joinery methods (screws, mortise & tenon, pocket holes, biscuits, Dominos, adhesives, metal brackets….) assume those boards will be permanently attached to each other. That’s great but what if your woodworking must be done in a basement, an attic or in a condo kitchen?; or maybe you are a pro/semi-pro that needs to ship your finished projects via UPS/FedX; or when the project is a seasonal item (furniture, gazebo, screen room…) and needs to be tucked away for the winter?

At Rethink Woodworking™  It’s About KnockDown™!  It’s about building projects in manageable “components”. Those components can then be “dry-fit” for testing. Once all the bugs are worked out the project can be disassembled where any finishing touches (sanding, routering, staining…) are much easier to apply and then those components can be transported, shipped via UPS/FedX, placed in storage or whatevered AND we can still reassemble/disassemble an unlimited number of times without loss of structural integrity. In fact, the US Patent Office agreed and granted me two US Patents for the Threaded Tenon Joinery method found in our project tutorials.

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Build Knock-Down Tables & Benches

In this Tables and Benches category we incorporate knock-down functionality into rustic dining room tables, heavy-duty work benches and even small end tables. We start by fabricating the posts, legs, stretchers and rails into permanently glued “components” using “Tri-Lam Joinery” incorporating  perfect mortises on the posts without needing to create any wood tenons. Using multiple boards means we can use much cooler raw materials like rustic cherry, spalted maple, reclaimed lumber, metals AND we can retain their natural wood features such as raw edges and knots. These become our “components”. Next, instead of needing to shape wood tenons, we install our patented metal Threaded Tenons to the ends of the rails and stretchers . We now have “knock-down” functionality. Next we “dry-fit” those components by attaching the rails/stretchers to the posts via threaded machine bolts. If things need tweaking we can disassemble, tweak then re-test. Once everything fits like a glove we disassemble and apply finishing touches. We now have a neat stack of stained/varnished gorgeous hardwood posts and rails that can be easily transported; squeezed through small doorways; hauled up narrow stairs; affordably shipped via Fedx/UPS… And better yet those tables and benches can be reassembled by some really non-mechanical end-users with the only tool being a single Allen wrench… Oh… almost forgot… and then disassembled with that same Allen wrench and then reassembled over and over again without loss of structural integrity after all, It’s About KnockDown™

Course #121 – Build a Bench From Firewood

We will take you through the four Phases, including: 1-Design & Cutlist; 2-Shaping The Materials; 3-Making It Knock-Down; and 4-Assembly of building a "BENCH FROM FIREWOOD". Course Membership required to view full tutorials.

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Course #404 – Build a Rustic Garden Shed

We will take you through the four Phases, including: 1-Design & Cutlist; 2-Shaping The Materials; 3-Making It Knock-Down; and 4-Assembly of building a "RUSTIC GARDEN SHED". Course Membership required to view full tutorials.

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Build Knock-Down Beds & Racks

There is probably no item of furniture that is moved as often and through as small of openings as beds, bunks and dorm-room lofts. You may have had the pleasure of assembling an Ikea bed but what happens when you disassemble then reassemble it? Hmmmm? Beds and Racks using our recommended joinery methods can be built from really cool raw materials and will withstand the rigors of kids jumping on the mattress or whatever goes on behind adult closed bedroom doors! And when it comes time to disassemble to reassemble in the next room; the next dormitory;  the next city… that is all done with a single Allen wrench without loss of structural integrity. Projects in this category will be built using the same methods as the Tables and Benches category above. In the end we will have a neat stack of stained/varnished, gorgeous hardwood bed posts and rails that can be easily transported; squeezed through small doorways; hauled up narrow stairs; affordably shipped via Fedx/UPS; reassembled by non-mechanical end-users armed with nothing but an Allen wrench; reassembled over and over again without loss of structural integrity etc. Again… It’s About KnockDown™

Course #404 – Build a Rustic Garden Shed

We will take you through the four Phases, including: 1-Design & Cutlist; 2-Shaping The Materials; 3-Making It Knock-Down; and 4-Assembly of building a "RUSTIC GARDEN SHED". Course Membership required to view full tutorials.

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Build Knock-Down Railings & Decks

This is where I really saw the need for knock-down. When building custom stair and loft railings I realized it would be much more efficient to build the system components back in my own workshop where I had heat, good lighting, a computer loaded with SketchUp and high-end woodworking machines at my disposal. Although the mortises were incorporated into the spalted maple post (via Tri-Lam methods) in-shop dry-fitting the wood-tenoned rails didn’t work so I cut a strip of 1/4″ x 1″ steel flat bar; drilled a few holes; tapped the center hole; screwed the metal strip into the end-grain of the rails and “holy threaded tenon Batman“! I was able to build and test the entire system in my shop. This also helped when drilling the 100+ holes for the stainless steel cable system. My customers saw it and said “You should patent that!” so I did.  Although most stair, loft & deck railings are one-offs this category is here to provide samples, mostly for professional carpenters, of how Tri-Lam Joinery and Threaded Tenon Joinery are a perfect match for such projects.

Course #404 – Build a Rustic Garden Shed

We will take you through the four Phases, including: 1-Design & Cutlist; 2-Shaping The Materials; 3-Making It Knock-Down; and 4-Assembly of building a "RUSTIC GARDEN SHED". Course Membership required to view full tutorials.

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Build Knock-Down Structures

Building structures (firewood shelters, screen rooms, gazebos, Tiny Houses and Post Frame buildings) would be off the radar for most folks, even experienced hobbyist woodworkers. On the other hand if you have a 3D CutList with every single board length, width and thickness; the center point of every hole; the exact angle of every miter; AND you can “Dry-Fit” even in the very early stages you just may want to take on such a project. As a Member you can also reach out to others via the included Project Forum. Even experienced carpenters may find the cutlists in these projects handy. You may notice most of these structures have three roofing options: 1-Purlin/Steel, 2-Plywood/Shingle OR 3-Off-The-Shelf ($80 – ShelterLogic.com) Fabric Canopies. All of these projects involve Tri-Lam Joinery methods and Threaded Tenon Joinery. On the larger structures we get into the 3rd method: “Hinge Joinery”. Might be time to Rethink Woodworking™

Course #404 – Build a Rustic Garden Shed

We will take you through the four Phases, including: 1-Design & Cutlist; 2-Shaping The Materials; 3-Making It Knock-Down; and 4-Assembly of building a "RUSTIC GARDEN SHED". Course Membership required to view full tutorials.

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