Is It Legal to Make My Own Joints?

Is It Legal to Make My Own Joints?

Hey, Dudes, I’ve been making my own joints now for years, no matter that “the man” says that it’s no good for me. Now I keep hearing about how some states are legalizing joints, and even more are thinking about licensing us to make some of the good stuff. Should I wait for my state to let me go mild here at home? Just keep doing it here in the privacy of my own shop? All this worrying is really harshing my mellow! – Herb Rauch

Ron Jobstone: This is a subject of much controversy throughout the United States right now. Washington, Colorado, Alaska and Washington, D.C. have all passed laws that let you have a certain amount of joints for your own use in your shop. Not much, but enough for me to consider opening my own cabinetry shop in Denver, if you know what I mean.

That said, check with your local congressman, because even more states have laws that allow you to make joints for medical use. I don’t know about you, but every time I pick up my sanding block, I feel a little crick in my neck, and even though my back hurts, this drawer isn’t going to assemble itself….

Mark Hawkins: As expert luthier and joinery authority Bob Marley once said, “When one door is closed, don’t you know, another is open.”

You can make a great, tight fit for your cabinet doors pretty easily. First, use a pencil to mark out on the door and carcass where you want to line up the hinge. Then, drill the holes into the door where you will install your hinge hardware….

Wait, what was the question?

Mary Jane Mortis: Like I always say, “Saw ‘em if you got ‘em!”

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