Wedged mortise-and-tenon joinery is a low-tech but effective method of joining wood, and it evokes a sense of timeless craftsmanship matched only by dovetails and other exposed joinery. In this article, furniture maker John Nesset details various methods and applications for using wedges in your joinery. Drawings and his detailed guidelines on grain orientation, appropriate angles for wedges and relief cuts, and installation will help you feel confident about using loose or fixed wedges in your next project.

From Fine Woodworking #163