Mortise & Tenon

https://handtoolschool.wistia.com/medias/s45qi37wbh?embedType=async&seo=false&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=640 Making a Full Scale Drawing I have found that when a design gets complex and you are not sure how to execute it then starting with a full scale drawing helps a great deal.…

How to Layout and Cut the 3 Way Miter Joint This joint looks ridiculously complex. But it is a series of tenon cuts and a few miter cuts followed by some light paring with a…

Federal Classic Design with a Contemporary Feel This Sheraton bedside table is my original design, but I borrow elements heavily from the 18th century Sheraton style. The legs especially speak to that period. However in…

Choose Your Tenon Based on Glue Surface This session focuses entirely on tenon joinery. The tenon is the number one joint used in all furniture making and all the variations intimidate people. The fact is…

The Raamtang is a Dutch sash joiner’s tool. Directly translated it means “window pliers” and it was just for holding sash parts while chopping mortises, plowing grooves, and moulding the edges. The astute observer will…

Shaping and French Polish Challenges Personally by choosing Grenadillo (a gnarly jungle wood) I'm challenging myself on this one. But in essence this challenge is about cutting and shaping curves. The hammer head and the…

Mortise and Tenons and Chunky Feet The first step with the plinth or feet assembly is to actually make the feet. While I may have been able to find 12/4 thick stock in other species,…

Consistency in Layout is the Key to Success Here The dust frames not only make for a surface for the drawers to ride on and set the spacing of the drawers, but they add incredible…

Mortise First or Tenon First? This will sound obvious but its an often overlooked aspect of joinery: it is a 2 part process. First comes a joint and second comes the mating joint. Obvious right?…

Cope and Stick without the Cope The question is how to make a stopped bead and groove without the hassle of blind elements? Cope and Stick or Frame and Panel joinery would be much much…

Intersect and Miter the Tenons The mortise and tenon joint is very strong. Tenon strength specifically is a measure of how much glue surface we create in the cheeks. A wider tenon provides more glue…

Layout the Taper and No Test Fitting The uses for the fox wedged tenon are few but essentially if you want a strong joint that resists dynamic forces and no visible reinforcement like drawbores or…

  No Step Ladder Needed At some point in your woodworking life you will make a bed. Even more probable, you will make a tall bookcase. Both of these projects require some long boards with…

  Scrap Management and a Weird 3 Way Joint We covered two topics in Office Hours this month, how to organize and store your scrap lumber and then I cut an interesting through tenon and…

  One Wedge or Two? This joint is most readily found in knockdown designs. The wedged dovetail tenon is probably most popular in the Moravian workbench design. After making it I can see how it…

  Surgical Paring is the Key I'm sure we have all encountered that joint that just doesn't want to close up. Usually we take a little off here and a little off there and we…

  No Vises, No Problem This workbench is hardly a unique design. It takes the wide aprons of an English joiners bench, adds in a modern split top design, and stout legs and joinery to…

  Little Scraps Go a Long Way The old adage in woodworking is that we can take wood off, but we can't but it back on. That's dumb We know how to join wood together…

  Video Quick Links Part 1 Part 2 Shoulder Alignment is the Number One Priority This practice square is 9 joints, 6 mortise and tenon variations, and 3 half lap variations. But first and foremost,…

http://handtoolschool.wistia.com/medias/75jfa79raa?embedType=iframe&seo=false&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=800 Keep Your Fingers/Hand in Contact with the Work Piece At All Times It would be nice to assume that all our joints came together perfectly right off the saw. But this is reality and…

http://handtoolschool.wistia.com/medias/pyu4nff1p1?embedType=async&seo=false&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=800 Sometimes the Saw Isn't the Best Way to Cut Joinery Joints that fit right off the saw are great, but sometimes trying to wrangle a saw across a 36" wide breadboard tenon or along…

  Here is another tip inspired by the ramblings of kirbyk when he brought up the difficulty of making a long saw cut accurately. This comes up any time we make case dados or breadboard…

  The Woodworking Undo Button Is that tenon you cut just a bit too loose? Hit the undo button and you have a super tight joint! And by that I mean, draw bore it. Now…

  I've been contemplating mallets and the ferocity with which I see people using them. So this week I have a tip about mortising that dovetails nicely with last week's discussion of using a chisel…