The mortise and tenon–a sturdy joint used in everything from timber-framed homes to tables to cabinet doors. In this video, Frank walks you through how to layout the mortise and tenon joint and then the process of first chopping the mortise followed by cutting the tenon. Then he shows you how to carefully fit the two together for a tight joint you can be proud of and that will stand the test of time.


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The mortise and tenon–a sturdy joint used in everything from timber-framed homes to tables to cabinet doors. In this video, Frank walks you through how to layout the mortise and tenon joint and then the process of first chopping the mortise followed by cutting the tenon. Then he shows you how to carefully fit the two together for a tight joint you can be proud of and that will stand the test of time.

Randall D. Dallas, TX
Frank it looks like you're using a typical bench chisel and not a mortising chisel. Is this your usual technique? Why not the mortise chisel? Are there occassions you would use a mortise chisel? Thanks for your time
September 27, 2014 17:25
Frank S. Waco, TX
Randall, A mortise chisel is great for harder woods but for most of my stuff I just use a regular chisel. I do like the Ray Isles Mortising chisels, ( I am still saving up to get some!) When you use a mortise chisel, you are having to force more metal into the wood, thus making your cut slower than if you have a chisel with less mass. The mortise chisel does allow you to keep the walls straighter but I do have techniques for that. I believe they will be covered in upcoming videos.
October 5, 2014 08:02