Mortise, Tenon & Pegged Joinery

Mortise and tenon construction a type of joinery technique that involves connecting two pieces of wood by fitting a tenon (a protruding piece of wood) into a corresponding mortise (a rectangular slot) cut into the other piece of wood. This joint is then typically secured with glue, and sometimes reinforced with wooden pegs or dowels.

Pegged construction refers to the use of wooden pegs or dowels to secure a joint. In mortise and tenon construction, wooden pegs are often used to reinforce the joint by inserting them through the tenon and mortise, thereby adding additional strength and stability to the joint.

This type of construction is commonly used in furniture making, timber framing, and other types of carpentry where strong, durable joints are necessary. The mortise and tenon joint is known for its strength, stability, and durability, and has been used for centuries in construction.

The process of creating a mortise and tenon joint requires careful measurement, cutting, and shaping of the wood to ensure a proper fit. Traditional methods involve hand tools such as chisels, saws, and mallets, although power tools can also be used. The joint can then be reinforced with wooden pegs, which are typically inserted after the glue has dried to ensure a tight fit.

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