Hand Tools Archive

Re: A global pinned joint question

Jeff Heath
With the strength of modern glue's considered, I don't see the necessity of pinning a properly fitted and glued mortise and tenon joint. I must admit that I've done it many times, but my thinking was aesthetics, and not the the table or chair joint needed any added protection against coming apart.

I can't speak to exterior work, as I do very little other than for the loml (nice table, btw, Richard), but for tables and chairs, I've never had a joint come loose.

I certainly understand it's use historically, though. To the best of my knowledge, (and I'm not a historian) I don't believe they had tightbond, epoxy, or plastic resin glue available 200 years ago. ;)

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