Japanese Woodworking Tips : Clever Alternative to Mortise and Tenon

Japanese Woodworking Tips : Clever Alternative to Mortise and Tenon

A mortise and tenon joint cannot resist against pull-out force, so various possible solutions were toyed with over the years. Some used pegs, a keyed-tenon, wedged-through-tenon, etc., but the pegs and wedges always ended up being visible.

This joint was clearly invented by someone who hated this. They needed to come up with a method that assured an end result that was not only visually pleasing but also durable.

This technique is typically used to connect posts and beams in construction work, so the top side of the beam will not generally be seen from the ground. And in most cases, the top of the beam will be hidden behind a wall anyways. You could say it’s a kind of secret joint.

One more benefit of this special joint is that, thanks to its wedges, it allows you to obtain a perfect dozuki.

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  1. Mario on May 30, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    Where did you first learn things like this?

  2. Joe Basement Woodworking & DIY on May 30, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    BEAUTIFUL ! awesome technique..just subscribed👍👍

  3. John sweda on May 30, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    not really never as strong what’s with the big gap

  4. Jeffrey Cunningtown on May 30, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    My husband used these plans from Woodglut and he is very pleased.

  5. The Rhins Ranger on May 30, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    it’s possible you take this the wrong way, why is the gap so big?

  6. Zombie Workshop on May 30, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    This kind of joinery its so beautiful , In many countries like mine the consumer does not appreciate this kind of detail , the only moment i use exotic joinery its for a project that its for me or for showing to other woodworkers. Thanks for showing your techniques to the world.

  7. Robert Brunston on May 30, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    Thank you.

  8. Benjamin Esposti on May 30, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    Wow, that certainly is clever, the locking pieces at an angle make it like how a one-direction ratchet works – it prevents the wood from coming out. Seems a little complex to make though. But in my opinion, it can be worth the effort if you are doing this for fun rather than for production.

  9. ebbios on May 30, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    wooohooo…this is some next level stuff… thank you for sharing

  10. AxelStacks on May 30, 2022 at 8:13 pm


  11. Romaine Athey on May 30, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    just google Stodoys :))

  12. Patrick Ancill on May 30, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    I am fascinated by the ingenious joints which Japanese woodworkers use!

  13. Jesse Smith on May 30, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    I learn something new every time I watch you Hisa

  14. Escalator on May 30, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    Thank you for showing your skills and the Japanese ways to woodworking. Your videos are well recorded and edited, I hope you will keep on making videos and share your knowledge with us westerners

    Cheers from France

  15. Jon Wic on May 30, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    that’s amazing. I’m just starting my journey with joinery and u give me already few good tips. keep going!

  16. Gerico on May 30, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    Would love to see you do some videos on the process for creating such amazing joints. We should all learn this art, it’s stunning.

  17. Phillip Yeager on May 30, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    Japanese joinery is pure art. Very spiritual. Thanks for making the video. Be well.

  18. ADDICTED ARTIST on May 30, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    I am just starting with woodworking and your videos really inspire me to aim for the most precision I can 😀
    Thank you!

  19. Liliana Lacayo on May 30, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    more please : )

  20. Bradley Gallagher on May 30, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    Woodglut has a lot of designs to choose from.

  21. Aerodoc78 on May 30, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    That joint is as impressive as it is unnecessary.

  22. cypherf0x on May 30, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    As a scientist and engineer I appreciate efficiency, but the cleverness and effectiveness of traditional Japanese woodworking is something that fascinates me. There’s beauty in it’s elegance and function.

  23. Peter V on May 30, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    I think this joint could be applied to knock-down structures. It doesn’t really seem a feasable alternative to a glued M+T as a permanent joint – it’s going to take longer to cut and won’t be as strong.

  24. Jason Robinson on May 30, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    Beautiful work. I’m happy to subscribe.

  25. Darren Kingston on May 30, 2022 at 8:35 pm


  26. Minarchist 412 on May 30, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    Nice but why would you use this joint as opposed to a mortice and tennon?

  27. toodle171 on May 30, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    Beautiful but the wording ‘Clever Alternative to Mortise and Tenon’ means you’ve done something easier / faster and this is not.

  28. Halil Orbay Okyay on May 30, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    i quess, 1 day is 540 hours in japan

  29. David Churches on May 30, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    This is beautiful. Thanks for taking the time to make the videos. I’d like to try to do one. But I don’t quite understand the first few minutes. What are you tapping into the mortise?

  30. cleveland sullivan on May 30, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    I have been looking for a channel like this for 2 years! Keep up the excellent work

  31. clepsyd on May 30, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    Please put out more videos. They are really good. I haven’t found other content like this on youtube! Thank you for having made these

  32. Ian Beer on May 30, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    Awesome, whats the Japanese name of this joint please?

  33. fred san さん on May 30, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    pfffttt…. 😇

  34. Belford Lancaster on May 30, 2022 at 8:48 pm


  35. MRrwmac on May 30, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    How were Japanese saws, chisels and planes made 1000 years ago in order to make the structures that have withstood the test of time in Japan?

  36. Spencer Jordan on May 30, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    beautiful dove cooing in the background

  37. DGLS 3 on May 30, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    Enjoy your video very much, hope to see more showing layout.

  38. Karl Newman on May 30, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    Sure, beautiful yes, but is it better and stronger than drawbored m&t?

  39. Einar S on May 30, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    I bet that will not come apart again ever!
    Subscribed and I’m looking forward to your next well prepared video.
    Please consider presenting the tools you use as they appear. They are in some ways different than our old style norwegian tools. We may have something to learn there too.

  40. M Shahzaib wood work 2595 on May 30, 2022 at 8:59 pm