Furniture Joinery Techniques

In Woodworking and Carpentry
Joinery is the most important and fascinating feature in furniture making. When executed properly it can guarantee a well-used furnishing or building feature to last as long as the wood itself and be treasured as an antique for generations. At Custom Carving we spend extra attention to construct with the most appropriate and precise joinery for the use of the furniture we building.
Finger Mortise and Tenon Joint

Tables and Chairs

Because of their constant use, tables and chairs are the ultimate test of a carpenter’s joinery skills. Studying the forward, backward, up and down stresses on these furnishings, I have developed a system for producing a finger mortise and tenon joint which I have never seen used before. Hidden deep within the wood of the table or chair leg, these unseen joints can be hard to appreciate, but I consider them to be practically indestructible. Every piece of furniture designed with this joint will last for hundreds of years. There are not very many chairs you can say that about and at Bass Synagogue Furniture, we build all of our pieces using this unique joint.

See This Technique in Action

Bass Synagogue Furniture designs and constructs each of its products with these advanced techniques in mind. We invite you to browse our catalogue or synagogue Elijah’s Chairs to view examples of this work.

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Dovetail Joinery at use in a Shtender

Dovetail Joinery

All solid wood boxes produced at Custom Carving are built using dovetail joinery, both the strongest method for solid wood box building and the most elegant. We are able to join cabinets up to two feet in width with two main types of dovetails, through dovetails and half-blind dovetails. Most drawers are made with evenly spaced half blind dovetails. Boxes that rest on top of each other or are seen only from the sides, we use incremented spaced half-blind dovetails. Anywhere where the entire joint is visible we build with through dovetail joints. Sliding dovetails are commonly used joining shelves, chair and shtender backs, and more.

See This Technique in Action

We use dovetail joinery in a number of product categories. Click below to see our catalogue of Aronot Kodesh.

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Mortise and Tenon Joinery at Work in a Synagogue Built in New Orleans

Mortise and Tennon

Another invaluable joint is the mortise and tenon, commonly used with tables and chairs, we also employ techniques to use this joint as a double or quadruple mortise and tenon for large scale doors, frames, or anywhere where pure strength is necessary to counter balance major stresses. The mortise from one piece of wood is inserted and glued precisely and deeply into the tenon of the joined wood.

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