Design and construction

Trumpet Leg Furniture

The first half of the century saw the culmination of the 'age of oak'. Conservative attitudes to design and change resulted from the unsettled political situation. By the mid-century there was a diminution in the influence of architecture which gave cabinetmakers the opportunity to develop decorative techniques of their own, without being tied by the strict constraints of classical detailing and architectural features. The influence of styles and techniques based on the original homes of...

Mortise and tenon joints

Pinned Mortise And Tenon

The classic, and a most successful, way of joining end-grain to side-grain, the mortise and tenon joint Figure 2.25 can have hundreds of different variations. The mating parts can be rectangular traditional mortise and tenon or round dowels . A well-made joint offers mechanical restraint in all directions except direct withdrawal of the tenon from the mortise and is therefore able to offer good resistance to compression, shear and racking. The basic joint can be improved in several ways....