Stair Building Ideas For Design And Construction

Tenon - Wood Working And Stairs

A tenon is a shaped end of a board that's going to interlock or connect to another board. They're usually referred to as mortise and tenon joints. The tenon is the male part that connects into the mortise which is usually referred to as the female part. The picture below provides you with an excellent example of a tenon.

Are Tenons Used Often For Stairway Construction?

Not really, I can't think of one time I ever used any woodworking joints, to build a stairway. However, they are used often while building spiral staircases and other stairs.

As far as new home construction goes, a woodworking joint like that would be time-consuming to create in these builders are usually looking for ways to increase production, not slow it down. There are plenty of other alternative connections that can be used as a replacement to a mortise and tenon.


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