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The Mortise And Tenon Joint

A mortise and tenon joint is the method of joining timber by working a solid rectangular projection in the one piece and cutting a corresponding cavity to receive it in the adjoining piece. The projection is called the tenon, and the cavity the mortise. Joints of this type are secured in various ways. Small wedges, wooden dowels, metal dowel pins, glue and paint are frequently used, and prior to the introduction of glue we have examples of Egyptian furniture in which the mortise and tenon joints were united by a composition of cheese.

Fig. 127.—Barefaced      Tenon Joint.

Fig. 127.—Barefaced Tenon Joint.

Fig. 128.—Stub      Tenon.

Fig. 128.—Stub Tenon.

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