Bruce Powell
Fine Woodworking

Mortise and tenons for strength

Detail of Mortise and Tenon joint on bedframe

Detail of bed frame and top rail mortised into tapered bed post

Curved mortise and tenon Curved mortise and tenon detail

Mortise and tenon joint on coopered door Mortise and tenon joints on S-shaped door. Door rails are steam-bent laminations, door panel is coopered.

Mortise and tenon joints come in all sizes and shapes, including curved. The strongest joint by far, a mortise and tenon joint prevents racking and stays stable indefinitely.