Mortise and Tenon joint in oak

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Blog entry by Paul Sellers posted 1000 days ago 3006 reads 8 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all,

I seem to be on a roll with the videos at the moment. Here is another quick one I did last night on the mortise and tenon joint. I hope that this takes some of the mystery out of a seemingly daunting joint. It is quick and simple really and can be incorporated in so many projects. Let me know what you think and of course ask questions.


-- Paul Sellers, UK

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#1 posted 1000 days ago

Thank you Paul.
Always a pleasure to see you work.
And lovely that you show there are not only one way.
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#2 posted 1000 days ago

Paul, thank you for posting. Next time I will have to use a chisel to establish the tenon shoulder. I like how you clean out the mortice as the tenon was installed. And using a smaller chisel to clean out the mortise as not to damage the walls is another great tip.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 999 days ago

Very interesting!

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

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#4 posted 999 days ago

I really appreciated watching this; you were quicker with your handtools than I am using powertools and your results are superior.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#5 posted 999 days ago

Great video, as always! Thanks for the pointers.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#6 posted 999 days ago

Awesome video. Thanks for the tips!

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#7 posted 999 days ago

No Mortising Chisel, no Rebate plane, I always love your simple aproach to things Paul.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#8 posted 999 days ago

Or shoulder plane rather.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#9 posted 999 days ago

SPECTACULAR Paul! Please consider doing more. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge and time.

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#10 posted 999 days ago

Thanks for the video, I’ll have to try using a chisel to split the cheeks off the tenon.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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#11 posted 999 days ago

The way you show it Paul, makes it quite clear that It’s not about the tools, but rather about having a feel for what one does and can do with the wood.

So simple, so quick and absolutely lovely.

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#12 posted 999 days ago

Thanks for all the wonderful videos, Paul. You make a person almost believe that one day, they too will be able to do what you do (you make it so clear that even I can understand what you are doing LOL).

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#13 posted 997 days ago

Thanks for posting…..I haven’t tried mortise & tenon but i’m sure it will come up soon!!


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#14 posted 996 days ago

It’s great to watch you work. I love the way to trimmed down the side of the mortise with the plane. I could see that being a very effective time saver on certain constructions. The trick of using a smaller chisel for waste cleanup is helpful. I found myself using a long thin paint scraper on a project recently to force chips to the other side of several DEEP through joints, worked well.

I still like a good mortise chisel though, but I think that more personal preference than anything else. It’s always amazing to me to see what you (or anyone really) can do with a few simple tools and some know-how.

Thanks again for posting this, I picked up quite a bit.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#15 posted 996 days ago

thank´s Poul :-)


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