Joint Craftsmanship!

Joint Craftsmanship!

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!

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