How to Make a Drawbore Mortise and Tenon – Traditional Hand Tool Joinery and Woodworking

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Here we talk about How to Make a Drawbore Mortise and Tenon. this is a very old traditional way of securing a joint without glue. The pin not only holds the tenon in but offsetting the hole on the mortise and tenon will draw the stretcher into the leg and give a very tight clean joint. For Hand Tool Woodworking this is a fantastic joint. also, this is all white oak.

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theduck says:

No matter how many times I see this done, I'm still amazed how smoothly a master such as you gets it done.
Your new bench is starting to look like a work of art, keep up the good work ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

OG Timbercraft says:

I like that trick where you drill the hole a little off to cause a pull action. Good stuff, thumbs up James.

William O'Connor says:

Thanks for the video I have a beautiful antique workbench (7 feet long ) but the base is missing I've been trying to decide the design and I think I will try this technique in the bottom stretchers

Jim Dockrell says:

Yup. I like that joint too.

Opa's Workshop says:

That bench is looking better everyday James. By the way don't forget to champers the

Bruce A. Ulrich says:

Good video, James. I like how you don't fuss with something to make it perfect when it doesn't need to be. You tapered the tips of the dowels, but they were not all perfectly carved…you just cut some off, and kept on rolling.

Apokalypzx says:

Holes that are slightly misaligned…you must work for pretty much every flat pack furniture company out there.

Lemongrasspicker says:

Bench looks awesome. I've seen this technique used on some old barns too, much larger of course

Eduardo Martin Salaverri says:

Just a question from an ignorant in this matter, ยฟdo you get more money if I stick to the commercial before your video, and or click on the link to the site of the brand?

Frank B says:

I don't think dowels add much structurally to such a nicely made bulky mortise and tenon. I do think it must keep down some vibration and stress on the glue joints which must have some additional benefit. At any rate it is a bomb proof joint.very nice.

Bruce Matthews says:

Years ago I built a small drill press table using building quality 2×4's and 4×4's. As an exercise in this drawbore tenoning I assembled it without glue. Just two pins per tenon. The resulting table held up my drill press and big metal working shop vise for around 25 years until I got my new shop. This included lots of heavy pounding and lots of heavy "iron work" in that vise. And it stayed sturdy and solidly locked together the entire time.

So yeah, it's a fantastic method and works like a treat.

Doc Darkness says:

Beautiful in its simplicity James you just solved a conundrum I've had with snout door table ๐Ÿ˜Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ‘

Brian Prusa says:

You're making my knees hurt. Great looking bench.

Bill Hart says:

You do good work, but the big reason I like to watch your stuff is your attitude. Big smile, Positive, and always trying to have fun. That is very cool. Keep it up.

Blog das Madeiras says:

Hi there from Portugal,
Nice Technic ๐Ÿ˜€

Fred McIntyre says:

Thanks for the info James!๐Ÿ‘

Garry Paynting says:

Thanks for the video James, the bench is looking great.
Have a fantastic Day

Blฤ“kat Woodworks says:

Very well done….love the look of the auger plowing through material and large smooth chips exiting….just awesome!

KingNast says:

The house I grew up in has a small cabinet maker's workshop in the backyard – 170 years old this year. I repaired a window recently and the draw bored tenons were still holding! The guy's workbench is still in there. Interestingly, it's nailed together and kind of rickety.

jishaku38 says:

You look a jailbreaker.

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