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  • What is a Mortise And Tenon Joint?

    The mortise and tenon is one of the most commonly used joints. It has been used for centuries in woodwork, particularly in doors, windows and chairs.

    A mortise simply put - is a hole in a piece of wood and another piece of wood slots into this. There are many different forms of mortise and tenons. The key to a strong mortise and tenon is a snugly fitting joint. If the joint is too tight there will be no room for glue, and there is a chance of the mortise piece splitting. If the joint is too loose and you need to ‘pack’ the tenon, the joint will be weak. For a strong joint you should be able to push the tenon into the mortise just with hand pressure. Continue reading

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