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Mortise and Tenon

An open mortise and tenon joint example as used in traditional woodworking

An open mortise and tenon joint example as used in traditional woodworking

Mortise and tenon is a type of neck joint used in instrument construction with other types being dovetail and bolt-on. As with a dovetail joint, mortise and tenon is a fitted and glued joint, the purpose of which is to join the neck of the instrument to the body.

The terms "mortise" and "tenon" are defined respectively as:

mortise: a usually rectangular cavity in a piece of wood, prepared to receive a tenon and thus form a joint.

tenon: a projection on the end of a piece of wood shaped for insertion into a mortise to make a joint.

There are several types of joints of this nature, with an open style shown here being the most likely to be used in a mandolin.

Additional information:
Mortise and tenon examples used in traditional woodworking, from Google Images.

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