Submitted 16 years ago by Charley
BeadLOCK is made and sold in the USA. Its currently not on the UK market but you can buy it online from American stores.
There are many uses for beadLOCK, including:- Face frames, joining table legs and rails, reinforcing cope and rail joinery, angled joints, mitre joints…
The beadLOCK tenon stock comes in two sizes 3/8″ (9.5mm) and 1/2″ (13mm) and looks like dowels joined together. BeadLOCK works by drilling a series of overlapping holes in both mating pieces & then cutting the tenon stock to fit into the drilled holes.
When using it, I found that it works great. The only problem I can see is that you have to be very careful when setting it up by the witness line, which you mark on the wood, as a slight error won’t make an accurate joint. Once you do it a few times you get the hang of setting it up correctly and quickly.
My overall rating is ‘Excellent’. BeadLOCK is a great product, I couldn’t belive how strong the joint is – I tried breaking the joint apart and failed, it just didn’t budge. The only downside is that you can’t buy it in the UK yet. You can order it from the USA from a few online stores which will ship to the UK.