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Wooden Door Joints and Construction - DIY Tip 23


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There has been lots of discussion over the years about the pros and cons of what is the best type of joint for making doors.

To clarify, the traditional method is Full Through Mortice and Tenon Joints which are then wedged top and bottom of each Tenon and glued in position. The Tenon goes through to the door edges. This has always been percieved as the best joint.

Stub Mortice and Tenon Joints are similar to above but do not show through on the door edges and rely on the tightness of the construction and the glue to hold the door together.

The new "Splined" Dowel Joints can be just as effective. Imagine that a Splined dowel is like a fan or table napkin that has been folded time and again; it has lots of surfaces. If the dowel could be laid flat you would find that the surface area is comparable to a traditional joint.

The dowel joints are definitely quicker when it comes to mass production.

There are numerous other types of timber jointing methods but we have restricted this small blog to the types of joints used in full size house doors and avoided discussing any types of jointing for kitchen unit doors etc.

All doors supplied by carry the same guarantees regardless of joints.


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