Mortise and Tenon

Mortise and Tenon

Nov 12, 2018
By : Todd

Mortise and Tenon is a type of joinery that has been a part of woodworking for thousands of years.  It is considered one of the basic joinery types due to its strength and simplicity.  There are many variations to this age-old joint and many ways to construct one.

As the name implies, the joint consists of two parts. The mortise is basically a rectangular hole cut out of the stock to accept a tenon which fits precisely into the mortise.

A mortise can be cut out with a chisel, a router, a drill press, a mortising machine, or more.  In a similar fashion, a tenon can be cut using a handsaw, chisels, routers, table saws, and more.  Below are videos demonstrating very different ways to make mortise and tenons using a variety of tools and techniques.

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