WOOD JOINERY – Mortise & Tenon

The method of mortise & tenon has been used by woodworkers for thousands of years.  There are many variations of this method but the basic principle is inserting a tenon ”tongue” into a mortise ”hole and fastening the joint with some kind of fastener such as a nail, screw or bolt.  The result is a simple yet strong connection of two woods.  This method can be seen in the framework of many old buildings and barns.  In these structures the mortise and tenon joint generally follows the shape of the two pieces of wood being joined such as square, rectangular or wedge shaped.  In a similar way,

Midwest Log Furniture uses round mortise and tenon joints to connect each log of a log bed.  These joints are then held in place with a hidden screw to make a solid, long lasting bed frame.