Many of our furniture kits are put together using the mortise and tenon construction. In fact, you’ll find those words on almost every product page. But what is a mortise and tenon construction actually? In this blog post, we’ll take a look at what this type of joint is exactly, how you can find them around your furniture, and what makes it one of our favorites.
In fact, when we stated that many of our furniture kits use the mortise and tenon construction, that was a bit of an understatement. The construction has been used for several thousands of years. Archaeologists found the ideas behind mortise and tenon in the oldest piece of wood construction found to date, in a well in Germany. They can be found in many variations, but the basics are simple. The mortise (gap) in one piece of wood forms a slot to fit the tenon (a narrowed end) on another piece of wood.
In our furniture kits, sometimes the tenon doesn’t immediately fit the mortise. This is not an accident, but a way to make sure the fit is not too loose. Simply sand down the tenon to the point where it fits the mortise. When glued together and supported through the overall design of a furniture piece, the mortise and tenon construction is about the strongest you’ll find. And it shows that when we call our furniture kits timeless, we aren’t joking around.
For an example of one of our furniture kits that uses a mortise and tenon construction, take a look at our Civil War Reproduction End Table.
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