So, you’ve never cut a mortise and tenon joint? Or, maybe you have only done it with power tools, and you want to try it with hand tools only? Maybe it’s the other way around, and you are looking to find a faster, machine based method?
Well, if any of these fit your situation, or you just want to learn a little bit more about this venerable and strong joint, Extreme How-To’s page on mortise and tenon joints is worth a visit.
The page starts off with descriptions of common mortise and tenon arrangements (blind mortise, haunched mortise, through tusk tenons… the works) complete with illustrations.
The site then goes on to describe how to cut these joints with hand tools (chisels and hand saws) and power tools.