One of the most important aspects of high quality bespoke joinery is good joints. For starters, the joint will determine how strong and sturdy a piece is. In addition, it will have an impact on the aesthetics. Some people will choose joints specifically because of how nice they look.
At Wood & Wisdom we know about the various different joint options people should consider for their joinery. We will take a look at some of the most popular ones below.
This is the simplest option but is also the weakest. It simply butts two pieces of wood together, using glue alone to hold them in place. As a result, it is not the best option if you need any kind of strength.
If you need a stronger framework, this might be the right option. It requires the joiner to cut a tenon in one piece of timber and a mortise in the other. The first will slip into the second, creating a corner. There is also a variation known as the T bridle which has a hole in the middle of a piece of wood for the tenon to slip into.
Most people will have seen this kind of joint before in furniture like drawers. It requires the joiner to cut a series of trapezoid pins to extend from one piece of timber and then a coinciding series of tails on the second piece. Then they slot together to form a joint with good tensile strength.
This is quite similar to dovetail. The difference is that the pins are square and it does not have as much tensile strength.
Mortise and tenon joint
When strength is really important with bespoke joinery, this is one of the best options. The mortise is a cavity that is carved into one piece of wood. Then the second has a coinciding tenon cut into the end. The tenons can be tall so they project deep into the wood and provide better stability.
Tongue and groove
Many people will know about this type of joint if they have laminate flooring. Here, one piece of timber has a groove cut into its edge. The next piece will then have a tongue protruding from it that can slot into the groove. This creates a strong join. There are a number of options for the shape of the tongue and groove, offering different levels of strength.
Come to us for wonderful bespoke joinery
The Wood & Wisdom team has experience with various types of joints. As a result we can help clients to select the right ones for their products. We will look at how strong each joint is, as well as how it will look.
If you would like us to design bespoke joinery for you, please get in touch. We can create everything from furnishings to kitchen cabinets and even garden gates.