Mortise and tenon.

by Pradip Shah
(Vadodara, India)


I have just question.

Do these joints have to be perfectly rectangular? What if I cut both with a router or CNC machine such that ends are rounded but match perfectly. Will the strength or integrity suffer in any way ?

A: Mortise and tenon do not have to be rectangular. A round tenon is perfectly acceptable and is often used for the legs on stools, for example. In fact, dowels can be thought of as a type of mortise and tenon.

Happy woodworking.

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