How to make a Mortise and Tenon Joint – The Three Joints – | Paul Sellers

How to make a Mortise and Tenon Joint – The Three Joints – | Paul Sellers

Watch Paul Sellers as he teaches you how to make a mortise and tenon joint, one of the three most common woodworking joints.

The mortise and tenon is a strong joint that can withstand all kinds of stresses and strains to support and uphold structures. It is used in furniture-making to make chairs, tables, beds, and many more projects.

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50 Comments

  1. Andries van R on September 14, 2022 at 1:24 am

    "then start to drop your hand generally, with each stroke".. Me: Look at the pile of wood i left behind trying to learn how to saw straight, it’s enough to build two houses 😬



  2. Lil Monkey on September 14, 2022 at 1:25 am

    Hey Paul. I’m actually going to learn how to do this Joint tomorrow in College as I’m doing a JOINERY/CARPENTRY course. I’m looking forward to it 😊.



  3. David Poulsen on September 14, 2022 at 1:27 am

    I’ve done rough framing for 10 or so years but I’m just starting "fine" woodworking. I love watching your videos because you are calm, to the point and with no fluff. You also give tips and explain WHY certain things are being done which really helps understanding the bigger picture. Thanks for the great videos, you’re a living legend.



  4. elwoodzo on September 14, 2022 at 1:28 am

    The eye of Sauron at 16:59 – he sees all your morticing!



  5. Le Vy on September 14, 2022 at 1:28 am

    Do we need glue for this joint?



  6. Michael Henes on September 14, 2022 at 1:30 am

    Nicely as it functions, I resent the use of the router plane for the second tennon cheek. Anyone concure.



  7. Zachuco Zosolo on September 14, 2022 at 1:30 am

    I want to make the joint but I don’t have that tool 2:46 🙁



  8. Michael Müntzenberg on September 14, 2022 at 1:30 am

    Thank you to use Millimeters and a clear speach



  9. Robert Cornelius on September 14, 2022 at 1:32 am

    Ouch! This so-called Master was not using a mortising chisel. This is a good way on cracking a light duty beech handle. This Paul guy is a good woodworker, but thumbs down on him using a standard chisel on digging out a tough mortise. Having a ferrul and leather pad at the end of the handle will help the handle from cracking. Also, the chisel he is trying to damage has a light duty shank. Real mortising chisels are thick shank and thick tang. You’re welcome.



  10. Adrew Dio on September 14, 2022 at 1:33 am

    Excellent work with step by step instruction. One
    of the best videos I’ve seen without
    distracting background music. Thanks for sharing this professional Carpenters method.



  11. Tim Barry on September 14, 2022 at 1:35 am

    Do you have a video showing all the functions of the router plane? Mine is quite old and is missing the attachment that goes through the rounded section. I’m not sure what it’s for. Thank you



  12. Rafa Vidal on September 14, 2022 at 1:36 am

    I like the way of working and teaching of Paul Sellers, he is the best!!..



  13. Paul Sellers on September 14, 2022 at 1:37 am

    I hope you enjoyed learning more about mortise and tenon joinery. I release regular videos so please subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/paulsellerswoodwork?sub_confirmation=1



  14. Solomon Town on September 14, 2022 at 1:38 am

    Beautiful



  15. Bill Wong on September 14, 2022 at 1:41 am

    You did the whole demonstration in less than 25 min, all hand tools. Excellent work.



  16. Peter Hladky on September 14, 2022 at 1:41 am

    Hi Paul, Please excuse what is probably a dumb question, but I’m just learning woodworking. When I chisel across the end grain while making a mortise I get a huge amount of tear out. I’m working with pine and a brand new chisel. Any tips on how to prevent this? Thanks for the great videos by the way 🙂



  17. Aaron on September 14, 2022 at 1:42 am

    Works well for me using red oak, but not so well with walnut. I have to make a super deep knife cut on walnut to keep the wood from breaking out past the knife walls as I pry with the chisel.



  18. Creative Solutions for Education Group, LLC on September 14, 2022 at 1:42 am

    I’m reading Walden and Thoreau explained his home was constructed completely with mortise and tenon joints. After being mesmerized by this video I cannot imagine how hard it was for him to built his home. Beautiful video!



  19. Hugo Montalvo on September 14, 2022 at 1:44 am

    Great job



  20. Ben Taylor on September 14, 2022 at 1:45 am

    Beautiful tools



  21. TVM kerala carpenter on September 14, 2022 at 1:45 am

    Nice work



  22. Frank Pereny on September 14, 2022 at 1:45 am

    Thanks for the video! I want to start woodworking and I was thinking about what power tools I need. Now you have convinced me to go traditional, it just looks so fun and relaxing.



  23. Kappa Bravo Music on September 14, 2022 at 1:46 am

    That was very informative. Thank you. Btw that planer was what like #3 or #4?



  24. TVM kerala carpenter on September 14, 2022 at 1:49 am

    Hi sir



  25. Luyi Chiswute on September 14, 2022 at 1:50 am

    I wonder what the tool with the two pins, which he used to measure the width of the chisel, is called



  26. Jenn Alexander on September 14, 2022 at 1:51 am

    What is the name of the tool with the pins that you used to score the cut marks for the tenon?



  27. Doug Wardle on September 14, 2022 at 1:52 am

    I can’t be just me who finds Paul’s presentation style so relaxing



  28. Ryan on September 14, 2022 at 1:57 am

    now I finally know why a chisel is bevelled!



  29. Joe Mama on September 14, 2022 at 2:00 am

    “Cutting into this face would be quite negative for me..” 😂 so polite and elegant



  30. snuurtje on September 14, 2022 at 2:02 am

    Does mortice and tenonder always have to be all the way trough?



  31. Steven Staubach on September 14, 2022 at 2:02 am

    I am an engineering student, figuring painter, and class 3 solder reworker in electronics, who has began working on my first bench and air extraction system. Though this is now several years old; I wanted to tell you that this is still helping people and that I appreciate the work you put into this series. Thank you! Also, using the chisel as a planing tool? Blew my mind. I have been eyeballing them (figuring I can get buy with my drill, a flathead, and my steady hands), but now I know I need them so I can make planing jigs in addition to these Mortise and Tenon Joints.



  32. Octara Pribadi on September 14, 2022 at 2:02 am

    Really need those skill on using chisel, and very nice video you share. thanks



  33. Anonymous PDG on September 14, 2022 at 2:03 am

    Probably one the best videos on woodworking I’ve watched. End to end with no gaps.
    I’m just starting to learn about this so am just building up my range of tools. I have been looking at wood chisels and it is bewildering how many different makes, designs and prices there are. Any guidance on what type / size of chisels to look for and makes would be greatly appreciated!



  34. MohantyJams on September 14, 2022 at 2:03 am

    Who is this guy and why have i not discovered him before! What an amazing video. No over production, no crap, just a great craftsman explaining us how to really do it with every day tools.



  35. James Collier on September 14, 2022 at 2:06 am

    Paul, do you ever use mortising chisels? It looks like a paring chisel was sufficient to chop the mortise in this video. I liked the emphasis on how the bevel causes the chisel to move away from the knife wall. Also, I never realized that the inside walls of mortises don’t need to be pared if you use the right width chisel to begin with.



  36. Charles Salisbury on September 14, 2022 at 2:07 am

    You make that look so easy I love it



  37. DM10 on September 14, 2022 at 2:08 am

    Paul, have you ever noticed that you can actually *hear* when board is square? In all of your videos I’ve watched, I’ve heard you remark frequently about having sensitivity to the wood, but haven’t yet heard you mention the "sound of square". You can hear it at 1:30 – 1:37 in this video as the boards touch and as you lay your square upon them. I’ve noticed this in my own work, as well — when the board is square, it actually takes on a unique sound, particularly when sliding the square down onto the surface. It’s one of the ways I know I’ve got it right when I get there.



  38. Ste Co on September 14, 2022 at 2:10 am

    Absolute pleasure to watch someone so skilled with hand tools. I’ve learnt so much just watching this one video



  39. James Doherty on September 14, 2022 at 2:10 am

    It’s so inspiring watching a skilled tradesman work. Great upload Mr Sellers, thank you.



  40. Mykelas on September 14, 2022 at 2:12 am

    Mortise and Tenon 😐
    Mortise and Tenon, Japan 😍😍😍



  41. Nikos Gomopoulos on September 14, 2022 at 2:12 am

    What wood is that?



  42. Spencer Jfjgj on September 14, 2022 at 2:13 am

    What is the distance from an edge that these joints are safe to use?



  43. Steve Hajewski on September 14, 2022 at 2:14 am

    Thanks for a great video. I’m new to making a mortise and tenon and first attempt came out sloppy. Your advise on making the layout markings was very helpful – second time around went a lot better.



  44. Big Steve on September 14, 2022 at 2:14 am

    This is excellent. Thanks for taking the time to teach me



  45. vitalux11 on September 14, 2022 at 2:15 am

    Hi Paul, thank you for this nice tutorial.
    Quick question, would you Always apply glue on the next step or leave it like this?
    Also, on minute 29:13, i see a tiny bit of space on the sides, would it be possible to achieve more perfection?
    Thank you so much.



  46. Daniel Chindea on September 14, 2022 at 2:19 am

    Thank you! You are a great teacher!



  47. BMJ Sounds TT on September 14, 2022 at 2:20 am

    When you see that face side and edge marking……cheers from Trinidad



  48. The Essay on September 14, 2022 at 2:20 am

    Thank you James may



  49. J.S Ulberg on September 14, 2022 at 2:22 am

    Awesome video. Enjoyed watching you take it all step by step.



  50. jonny gale on September 14, 2022 at 2:23 am

    minutes amazing stuff. I think at you didnt push the square flush to the blade?