How to Make a Wedged Mortise & Tenon Joint

//How to Make a Wedged Mortise & Tenon Joint

In this video Will Myers shows how to cut, chop, and wedge a very strong mortise & tenon joint while building the historical Moravian Workbench at Roy Underhill’s Woodwright’s School. This free tutorial is an excerpt of the 2-disc DVD “Building the Portable Moravian Workbench with Will Myers” (buy it here).


This particular wedged tenon is part of the beautiful white oak leg vice. The DVD shows how beginners can build this collapsible workbench with hand tools.


Here are a few more photographs that I shot during the filming at The Woodwright’s School:




And here’s the original Moravian workbench at Old Salem in North Carolina:



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Although I’m fascinated with all things dovetails, I am a big believer in a good ol’ wedged through tenon! I love how easy it is to break down, but still so strong, and easy on the eyes.

If selected for the giveaway, I’d be especially interested in the Bow saw video, or a Disston T-shirt, color Sand size Medium.

Located in Massachusetts, USA.

Thanks for creating such great content, making traditional woodworking more accessible, and holding this give-away!



Menachem Yondorf

Love this technique, keep up the great content!

My preferences for the giveaway would be the shaker candle stand video, or medium size T-shirt.

From Philadelphia, PA.




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