Hand cut mortise and tenon

Mortise and tenon

The mortise and tenon is argu­ably the most used joint in woodworking; from heavy timber structures still stand­ing after thousands of years to delicate cabinet doors in fine boutique galleries, the joint is adaptable to fit almost any scenario. In most cases, the pieces need­ing to be joined are at right angles to one another but, like all things in woodworking, there are exceptions.

Learn how to lay this traditional joint out properly and cut it with nothing but hand tools.

Mortise and tenon

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