Drawbored Mortise and Tenon
Make this tight-fitting joint even stronger by driving a peg through offset holes
A drawbored mortise and tenon is one of the strongest variations of this ubiquitous joint. It gets the name because it is assembled by driving a hardwood peg through an offset hole in a mortise-and-tenon joint; as the peg engages with the offset hole, it draws the tenon deeper into the mortise.
In this step-by-step video, Nashville woodworker and former Fine Woodworking editor Matthew Teague demonstrates how to prepare and assemble a drawbored mortise-and-tenon joint.
Photo: Thomas McKenna