• Bench made with Pinned Mortise-and-Tenon Joints, Low Back
    Bench made with Pinned Mortise-and-Tenon Joints, Low Back
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tenon a projection at the end of a piece of wood that is shaped to fit into a mortise and form a mortise joint
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31 Thru mortise and tenon 31 Thru mortise and tenon
32 Blind mortise and tenon 32 Blind mortise and tenon
33 Mortise and tenon with rabbet 33 Mortise and tenon with rabbet
34 Wedged mortise and tenon 34 Wedged mortise and tenon
35 Wedged mortise and tenon 35 Wedged mortise and tenon
36 Fox tail tenon 36 Fox tail tenon
37 Dovetail mortise and tenon 37 Dovetail mortise and tenon
38 Pinned mortise and tenon 38 Pinned mortise and tenon

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tenon (Carp. & Join) A projecting member left by cutting away the wood around it, and made to insert into a mortise, and in this way secure together the parts of a frame; especially, such a member when it passes entirely through the thickness of the piece in which the mortise is cut, and shows on the other side. Cf. Tooth Tusk.
    • v. t Tenon To cut or fit for insertion into a mortise, as the end of a piece of timber.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tenon A portion of a block of stone from which a work of sculpture is cut, allowed to remain as a temporary or permanent support.
    • n tenon The projecting end of a piece of wood or other material fitted for insertion into a corresponding cavity or mortise in another piece, in order to form a secure joint. See cuts under breechpin, dovetail, and mortise.
    • tenon To fit for insertion into a mortise, as the end of a piece of timber.
    • tenon To join by or as by a tenon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tenon ten′un a projection at the end of a piece of wood inserted into the socket or mortise of another, to hold the two together
    • v.t Tenon to fit with tenons
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. tenir, to hold. See Tenable


In literature:

Each stick was carefully mortised or tenoned by its stump, for I had borrowed other tools by this time.
"Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience" by Henry David Thoreau
These logs were squared on three sides, and had large tenons on each end.
"The Deerslayer" by James Fenimore Cooper
Similarly, it is disastrous if mortice and tenon joints are sawed apart.
"If You're Going to Live in the Country" by Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
The diameter of the staff is 1.75, and that of the tenon 1.5 inch.
"Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy." by Bureau of Ordnance, USN
Scribing the tenons 46 33.
"Carpentry for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
The tenon is driven home and the hole is marked on the side of the tenon (B); the tenon is then withdrawn and the hole bored about 1/8 in.
"Woodwork Joints" by William Fairham
Proper tenons would be better, but more difficult to make.
"Wood-Carving" by George Jack
It is a mechanism resembling a tenon and mortise.
"Evolution, Old & New" by Samuel Butler
Cut a tenon on the lower end of the upright and make a mortise in the center of the long crosspiece to receive the tenon.
"Mission Furniture" by H. H. Windsor
It is a good plan to lay out the mortise in the tenon at the same time the shoulders of the tenons are laid out.
"Mission Furniture" by H. H. Windsor
The method of uniting the butts of the frame-timbers together with a cylindrical piece or tenon let in at each end.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The braces are not tenoned, and there are no nails about the gate.
"Woodward's Country Homes" by George E. Woodward
Each board had two tenons, joined one to another: thus did he make for all the boards of the tabernacle.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
Where large timbers are tusk tenoned together, the tenons do not pass right through, but are cut in about 4 in.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 4" by Various
Each board stood ten cubits high, and was fitted by tenons into two silver sockets, which probably formed a continuous base.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Exodus" by G. A. Chadwick
The portion which fits into the mortise is called the tenon.
"Chats on Old Furniture" by Arthur Hayden
Tenons are enclosed in mortises in order that they may be better joined, and they are transfixed with wooden pins.
"De Re Metallica" by Georgius Agricola
"Scientific American, Vol. XLIII.--No. 1. [New Series.], July 3, 1880" by Various
The sawing-in is done with a broad saw; the so-called "tenon saw" being the one most generally used.
"Practical Bookbinding" by Paul Adam
A method of coaking, by letting pieces into the solid, or uniting two pieces together by tenons.
"The Seaman's Friend" by Richard Henry Dana

In news:

Saffery Champness, one of the U.K.'s top 20 accountancies, buys out the specialist film and TV unit of RSM Tenon, which worked on the latest James Bond film "Skyfall.".
A wholly owned subsidiary of New Zealand-based Tenon LTD, has been selected as the exclusive distribution partner for Eastman Chemical Company's new Perennial Wood decking product into Lowe's stores.
The success of Festool's Domino joiner, a portable machine that makes smallscale loose-tenon joints, has prompted Festool to up the ante.
Fabricated with solid wood and mortise and tenon joinery, the chair is a modern take on an age-old technique.
Loose Tenon Joinery with a Router.
Tapered Tenons & Tapered Mortises.
RSM Tenon 's film and television unit has been bought for an undisclosed sum by UK accountancy firm Saffery Champness, it was announced Wednesday.
Saffery Champness takes on all RSM Tenon group's film and TV biz plus its 17-person team, headed by John Graydon and Nigel Burke.
Then cut individual loose tenons from the blank.
Adding loose tenons strengthens these joints.
The tenon 's length is up to you.
For the saw kerfs, draw lines that connect the holes to the tenon 's end.
For a trial cut, position the stop block so the thin end of the wedge is the same thickness as the tenon 's kerfs.
The tenons on the stretcher are cut on a table saw with a stacked dado blade.
A couple years ago, I invested in a popular loose-tenon joinery system to see how that would work for me.