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All joinery techniques can be found in one single piece, such as in this table frame. 

Image of full frame represents multiple joinery techniques in one corner of table frame (next image).

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Foundational joint in all hand-joinery. Dovetails are unmatched in strength and in beauty. This is also the most difficult of ancient, hand-joinery techniques as they must be precise, no room for error in shape or in size.


The slot of the bridle is usually in a vertical member, such as the leg of a table. A horizontal post is inserted for strength and to eliminate shifting.


A dado joint is often used to slide one member into another during construction when access is limited. This joinery technique is often used inside of a desk.

Pinned Mortise and Tenon

Used to join pieces without the use of metal fasteners. The tenon is the tongue and the mortise is the opening. Glue is usually added to this joint for additional strength.

Wedged-Through Mortise and Tenon

This is a perfect joint for larger furniture pieces which may need to be relocated, such as a dining table, as the tight joint can be pulled apart when moving.

Tongue and Groove

Tongue and groove joinery makes surfaces in solid panel from narrower pieces and allows movement but maintains a tight surface. This technique is often used in the bottom of a blanket chest.

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