Machine-Made Mortise and Tenon Joints

  • Tuesday, March 28, 2023
  • Thursday, March 30, 2023
  • 2 sessions
  • Tuesday, March 28, 2023, 12:00 PM 3:00 PM (PDT)
  • Thursday, March 30, 2023, 12:00 PM 3:00 PM (PDT)
  • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: WO032823TN
  • 0


  • $130 + $20 materials fee
  • $100 + $20 materials fee

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Use a variety of power tools to make mortise and tenon joints - among the strongest ways to connect pieces of wood.

About this Class

With this style of joinery, one piece has a "tongue" (the tenon) that fits into a recess (the mortise) in the mating piece. The joint design offers mechanical strength and helps keep parts aligned while they are being assembled and glued.

There are numerous ways to create these joints, including with hand tools, but this class focuses on machine methods. Gain an excellent understanding of the mortise and tenon joint with this class – how to design with it and various methods to create it. You get hands-on experience in cutting a mortise using the drill press and vertical mortiser and in cutting tenons on the table saw, bandsaw, and router table.


  • Wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry.
  • We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.


Open to students who have taken Orientation to the Woodshop and Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 1. Multiple sessions are listed on the Woodworking Calendar.

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Ted Newman studied woodworking and has assisted in classes at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. He is active in BARN's woodworker group and volunteers as a safety monitor.

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