The Slip Joint
This basic joint of the trade goes together fast and is designed to last
Synopsis: Also called an open mortise and tenon, the slip joint has been around since at least Tutankhamen’s day. writes Frank Klausz. It’s easy to assemble and holds up to a lot of stress. Frank Klausz explains how to build the jig he uses on his tablesaw for making slip joints and details how to cut the mortises and the tenons, step by step. He also tells you how to make slip joints by hand.
Some years ago, I went to see a show at the Metropolitan Museum in New York that featured artifacts from the tomb of the Egyptian king Tutankhamen. On display was a chair built around 1350 B.C., on which I could see a slip joint. There are reasons this joint has been in use for so long. Also called an open mortise and tenon, the slip joint is hard to beat for ease of…