Dovetailed And Wedged Tenon

When two pieces such as the cross rail and leg of a carpenter's bench are required to be held together by a mortise and tenon, and to be readily taken apart, the tenon is dovetailed on one side and the mortise is made of sufficient width to permit the widest part of the dovetailed tenon to pass into it. When the tenon is in its position a hardwood wedge is driven in above the tenon, as shown.

Fig. 157.—Dovetailed and Wedged Tenon. Fig. 157.—Dovetailed and Wedged Tenon.

Fig. 158.—Method of Fox-wedging. Fig. 158.—Method of Fox-wedging.

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