I have gone more than 12 years in the building trade without even attempting a mortice and tenon joint. Watch the video, it shows me trying it. I do a tenon with a fox wedge thingy to hold it into the mortice.
Have a look at an old timber door if you have one, it is likely to be made out of a series of timber pieces connected by mortice and tenon joints. You can tell by looking at the edge of the door, there will be a bit of end grain showing.
Two door leafs fixed together, so in this case there are two tenons on this door edge.
Some of the doors we have been removing have been bigger than a sheet of ply. Huge doors all held together without nails or screws
|That guy is 6″1|
Seeing and learning old techniques is one of the best aspects of working in Edinburgh. The guys I work with have spent decades in the trade and still work with hand tools on a regular basis.
Sometimes you have to go out of your way to pick up the techniques that have been left behind with time!
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