What is a Mortise and Tenon?
A mortise and tenon is a type of joint commonly used in woodworking, particularly in cabinetry and furniture making. It involves two pieces of wood, one with a square or rectangular end (the tenon) and the other with a corresponding square or rectangular hole (the mortise) that the tenon fits into. The joint is secured with glue, pins, or wedges, creating a strong and durable connection.
Mortise and tenon joints can be found in a variety of furniture and cabinetry, including chairs, tables, cabinets, doors, and windows. They are often used in place of dowels or other fasteners, as they provide a stronger and more secure connection. They can also be used decoratively, as the exposed tenons can add an attractive detail to the finished piece.