Stair Building Ideas For Design And Construction

Mortise And Tenon - Wood Stair Construction

Mortise and Tenon has been one of the most popular methods for joining two pieces of wood together, for the past 4000 years. Woodworkers all over the world are familiar with this method and will probably continue to use it, well into the future. The picture below provides you with an excellent example of a mortise, (right side) and tenon (left side).

There are a variety of different tools that you can use to cut and shape either the mortise or the tenon. You can use routers, table saws, hand saws, circular saws and even an ordinary chisel, to carve out, either one.


Are There Other Methods For Connecting Two Boards Together?

Yes there are, you can use wood dowels, biscuits and a variety of different types of intersecting shapes. And believe it or not, there have been plenty of books written and dedicated to the art of joining two pieces of wood together.

If this type of wood joint seems too complicated, you can always grab two pieces of wood and just nail them together. However, don't plan on showing it to a woodworking professional. Some of these individuals take their profession seriously and wouldn't ever plan on nailing or screwing two pieces of wood together, if their life depended upon.


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