What is a Housing joint?
Housing joints are used when two pieces meet at right angles on their narrow face. A shallow trench is cut across the grain of the vertical member, the shelf or panel is then glued into a simple straightforward housing and all the loads are transferred to the sides of the unit. Pins can further strengthen the joint.
What are the advantages of this type of joint?
Simple to make.
In its basic form only one component has to be shaped.
What are the applications for this type of joint?
Used for fixing shelves to vertical panels in deep cabinets, bookcases, storage units and boxes, or for drawer fronts and carcase/frame construction.
Types of Housing Joints:
Stopped housing joint
For decorative effect, the trench of the housing is often stopped short of the front edge of the side panel by some 9 - 12 mm. No part of the joint is visible from the front because the joint is completely concealed. This is particularly important where a high quality finish is required.
Tapered housing joint
A tapered housing joint is used for deep cabinets. Extra strength is created by the dovetail slope on one side giving it more holding power then the through housing. It has good resistance to tension.
Tapered stopped housing joint
This joint is a version of the tapered housing joint. The tapered housing can be stopped 9 - 12 mm from the front to conceal the joint. Similar to the stopped housing joint no part of the joint is visible from the front because the joint is completely concealed. This is particularly important where a high quality finish is required.