Drawbore Your Mortise-and-Tenon Joinery
Learn a centuries-old technique that will bring mortise-and-tenon joinery together tight as a drum.
When most woodworkers think of a glue up, they think of clamps. How else are you going to pull together a tight mortise-and-tenon?
That’s where drawboring comes into play. The practice of pinning a joint together using offset holes in both the mortise and the tenon, drawboring is a centuries-old practice that yields a joint that’s just as beautiful as it is strong. In this short video, Fine Woodworking special projects editor Asa Christiana shows you how to prepare and glue up a drawbored mortise-and-tenon joint with ease.
Great video and simple technique even if the joint is not glued. The only slight drawback is in years ahead when the glue fails, repair will necessitate drilling or knocking out the pin in the finished item. I guess that’s why you don’t glue it in.
My hobbyhorse: seal the wood around the joint first to avoid staining from squeeze out and use plenty of glue for a stronger joint.
So did I miss something the hole was drilled thru the leg and he tapered his pin so the tapered end would end up on the other side -Did he then re drill other side and fit in a squared piece to match
It did not look as though he drove the squared end thru to the other side and going thru the draw would alter the square correct ?
Use a transfer punch, and save your drill.
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