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Mortise-and-tenon construction

Technique for joining two pieces of wood; the mortise is a cavity, usually rectangular, and the tenon, a protruding end shaped to fit the cavity

A hole, usually square or rectangular, is chiseled into one member and a tongue shaped to fit this hole is chiseled into the other. A peg is then placed through both pieces to secure them together, forming the joint.


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