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Loose Tenon JoineryModeling a MORTISE AND TENON joint in SketchUp

Modeling a MORTISE AND TENON joint in SketchUp

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In this SketchUp tutorial I show how to design a mortise and tenon joint in 3d and go over some joinery basics on how big to make a mortise in a table leg.

This is the first in my series of SketchUp videos. Leave a comment to let me know if there is something specific you would like to see a tutorial of.

You can see some of the joinery plans I have made in SketchUp here:

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Making a Loose Keyed Mortise and Tenon Joint

The “key” to the crib’s knockdown joinery comes in the form of a walnut wedge that drives through a tenon in the rails. This “locks” the crib together in such a way that makes it easy to disassemble later. This joint is often called a “wedged tusk tenon,” but I recently learned it is more accurately referred to as a “loose keyed mortise and tenon.”
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  1. This video gave me frisson. The craftsmanship combined with the music was just too much to handle. Beautifully done. This kind of joinery is what I was looking for. I want to make a minimal loft bed that can be easily knocked down but I wanted to avoid knock down hardware. I think this is the way. Perhaps there is a way to lock the tenons into place with a small pin to make them even more secure, however I think the friction alone would be sufficient.


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