Examples of a few (mostly) Japanese joints created in Jay van Arsdale's Japanese Joinery class at Laney College, Oakland, CA and some I tried on my own. Figure out the process on practice joints and scrap wood.
I also urge you to get a copy of this book. It contains a lot of information on joinery and and has measured drawings of many (and it is cheaper than many other books on the topic):
The Complete Japanese Joinery by Hideo Sato, Yasua Nakahara and Koichi Paul Nii (1995)
And Chris Hall has put together some great books on Japanese joinery and the methods, measurements, and math behind them. Worth a look. http://thecarpentryway.blogspot.com
|Haunched mortise & tenon on shoji frame.|
|Bridle joint variation|
|Bridle joint variant from side.|
|boxed and mitered mortise and tenon|
|boxed and mitered M&T assembly|
|Shitagekama joint (half-dovetail locked with wedge)|
|Shachi-tsugi joins two horizontal beams to a post.|
|Top of beam. Keys not trimmed flush yet. |
Tapered keys tighten joint.
|Beam ends are also partly mortised into post to support load. |
Google saoshachitsugi for details at JAANUS site.
|Mitered (or secret) blind dovetail.|
Widely used in Japanese tansu and sashimono.
|inside the mitered blind dovetail|
|Female half of a kama-hozo-kumi (鎌ほぞ組) variant.|