By: Julie Knight Carpentry joints can tell you a lot about furniture construction. You can pull a drawer open and inspect the joints to see what quality of construction is present in your furniture. From best to least quality the common joints are:
- Mortise and Tenon Joint – a protruding board piece (tenon) is inserted into a cavity (mortise) of another piece and glued and a peg inserted to both pieces for more security.
- Dovetail Joint – wedge shaped projections on one piece interlock with corresponding slots on another piece. Like interlocking fingers.
- Dowel Joint – Small wooden pegs or rods are inserted into holes cut into a connecting piece. This joint is only as strong as the dowel rods are strong.
- Butt Joint – Boards are glued, screwed or fastened together with nails. The face overlaps the butt end of the other board.
So what can those joints tell you now!