Mortise and Tenon Joinery
If you are going to walk the walk, you should talk the talk.
Joinery, or how furniture is put together, may not be a sexy subject, but it is an important one. Recognizing the type of joinery on a piece of furniture can help you spot quality furniture and even identify an antique. This edition of Design Dictionary will focus on mortise and tenon joinery.
What is mortise and tenon joinery?
MORTISE AND TENON JOINERY: A means of fitting two pieces of wood together. The mortise is a hole or slot in wood. The tenon is like a tongue that fits into the slot. Mortise and tenon joinery has been around for thousands of years and is still used today. Look for it in 17th century furniture, Asian furniture and craftsman-style furniture. Fun fact: Stonhenge was constructed using mortise and tenon joints.