by Lynn Byrne
“If you are going to walk the walk, you should talk the talk.”
“The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.” –Socrates –
Joinery, or how furniture is put together, may not be a sexy subject, but it is an important one. Recognizing the type of joinery on a piece of furniture can help you spot quality furniture and even identify an antique. This edition of Design Dictionary will focus on mortise and tenon construction.
MORTISE AND TENON: Hole or slot in wood, into which the tenon or tongue fits. A means of joinery that has been around for thousands of years and is still used today. Common in 17th century furniture, Asian furniture and Craftsman furniture. Fun fact: Stonhenge was constructed using mortise and tenon joints.