Mortise and Tenon Joints

Without a doubt, the mortise-and-tenon joint is used more than any other for woodwork and furniture. There are literally hundreds of variations on the basic joint, but they all work in the same way. The Basics: • By hand or machine: Chisels and handsaws
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  • 4 Planes for Joinery4 Planes for Joinery

    by Vic Tesolin

    Specialty planes make it easier to build furniture by hand. By adding a shoulder plane, a router plane, a rabbet plane, and a plow plane to his collection, Vic ...

  • Perfect Tenons by MachinePerfect Tenons by Machine

    by Tim Coleman

    When you need to cut a lot of mortise-and-tenon joints, it can pay to take a page from Timothy Coleman's book and treat the whole process as a production challenge. ...

  • Lock Mortises Made EasyLock Mortises Made Easy

    by Michael Pekovich

    Installing a half-mortise lock by hand is a tedious and time-consuming process. So Michael Pekovich designed a routing jig for the shallow mortises, a second routing ...

  • Powerful New Joint: Housed Double TenonsPowerful New Joint: Housed Double Tenons

    by Brian Boggs

    This strong, weather-tight joint takes care of the problem of moisture wicking into the end grain of tenon shoulders on a traditional mortise-and-tenon joint. The ...

  • How To Build Frame-and-Panel Doors by HandHow To Build Frame-and-Panel Doors by Hand

    by Andrew Hunter

    The doors on Andrew Hunter's country hutch are rock solid. The rails and stiles are joined with haunched through-tenons, which are suited to hand-tool woodworking ...

  • Drawbored TenonsDrawbored Tenons

    by Steve Latta

    Drawboring a mortise-and-tenon joint means offsetting the hole in the tenon so that the pin pulls the parts together tightly—and permanently. If your tenon shoulders ...

  • Three tenons are better than oneQ & A: Three tenons are better than one

    by Garrett Hack

  • Clear Chips as You RoutQ & A: Clear Chips as You Rout

    by Gregory Paolini

  • How to Avoid Crooked Tenon ShouldersQ & A: How to Avoid Crooked Tenon Shoulders

    by Michael Pekovich

  • Low-Tech MortisingLow-Tech Mortising

    by Tom Begnal

    The drill-and-chisel method is an approachable, accurate way for beginning woodworkers (or even experienced woodworkers) to cut mortises. It is nearly foolproof ...

  • Stretchers Add StrengthStretchers Add Strength

    by Tim Coleman

    In Strong Tenons in Skinny Legs (FWW #236), I illustrated my techniques for maximizing mortise-and-tenon joinery in narrow legs. Two cabinets featured there incorporate ...

  • Strong Tenons in Skinny LegsStrong Tenons in Skinny Legs

    by Tim Coleman

    There's a reason why the mortise-and-tenon is a go-to joint for a leg-to-apron joint—it's strong, and it resists racking. But  if your furniture designs feature ...

  • How to Cut Precise Joints on the TablesawHow to Cut Precise Joints on the Tablesaw

    by Marc Adams

    The tablesaw can do more than make rectangles. If you add a dado set and a few shopmade jigs and fixtures, it can become your favorite machine for cutting flawless ...

  • Fast Fixes for Joinery MistakesFast Fixes for Joinery Mistakes

    by Michael Pekovich, Greg Brown, Garrett Hack, Will Neptune, Thomas McKenna

    Straight from the pros, five quick and easy fixes for joinery mistakes. If you find yourself midway through a piece of furniture and find yourself with a gappy ...

  • Mortising with a RouterVideo: Mortising with a Router

    with Gregory Paolini

    Learn how to cut a clean, accurate mortise in under 60 seconds

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