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What Is Mortise & Tenon Joinery?

Mortise and tenon joinery is a type of construction that connects two pieces of wood at a 90-degree angle. It is a traditional technique that has been around for thousands of years. It remains a go-to method for woodworkers today because it offers incredible stability and lasts a really long time.

This joinery type gets its name from its two key components. Wood rails include a square or rectangular piece on the end, which slides perfectly into a corresponding hole on the connecting piece. The mortise refers to the hole, and the tenon is the piece that fits inside it. A craftsman can secure it further with wood glue if necessary. Mortise and tenon joints are very similar to tongue and groove joints.

A perfect fit is what gives this joint its stability, so precision cuts are important. It takes a talented woodworker and a decent amount of time to do the job correctly.

How Is This Method Used in Shutter Construction?

The long-lasting durability of mortise and tenon joinery makes it a perfect choice for wooden shutters. Exterior shutters, in particular, must be strong enough to withstand heavy winds or other inclement weather conditions. Solid construction doesn’t only protect the shutter itself—it protects the window behind it as well.

At Millwork Traders, our skilled craftsmen use this time-honored method in our shutters and louvered doors. Whether slats are fixed or movable, this technique provides added stability. Quality mortise and tenon joinery is often what separates a low-grade shutter from a premium one. That’s why we became masters in this technique.

If you want to invest in the highest-quality window shutters, you can trust our team to deliver the best. Our order process features complete customizability, so you can request the shutter size, wood species, and finishing details. Order today or contact us if you have any questions.