Machine-Made Mortise & Tenon Joints


Machine-Made Mortise & Tenon Joints

Meeting Times
  1. Tue, 3/5/2024 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  2. Wed, 3/6/2024 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Tue, 3/5/2024 - Wed, 3/6/2024


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Class, Has Prerequisite

Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio

General Woodworking


Learn to use a variety of power tools to create mortise and tenon joints, among the strongest ways to connect pieces of wood.

With this style of joinery, one piece has a "tongue" (the tenon) that fits into a recess (the mortise) in the mating piece. The joint design offers mechanical strength and helps keep parts aligned while they are being assembled and glued.

There are numerous ways to create these joints, including with hand tools. This class focuses on machine methods. You learn how to:

  • cut mortises using the drill press, hand-held plunge router, and vertical mortising machine.
  • cut tenons on the table saw, band saw, and router table.

You also learn the types of projects where these joints work well and what proportions and other details work best.


Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome.
  • You must wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.

BARN Policies

Instructors or Guides

Ted Newman

Ted studied woodworking and has taught classes at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. He is active in BARN's woodworker group and volunteers as a safety monitor.

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