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Traditional mortise and tenon joined framing with hewn lumber for restored historic residences, apartment buildings, mixed use and commercial buildings. Hewn lumber may be salvaged from historic buildings, and re-used in other structures, or new lumber cut specially at our sawmill and hand hewn for authentic replications of historic lumber and framing. Preserving a building exterior woodworking in the doors and windows is possible with Gepetto’s specialty crew of carpenters. Lumber specially selected for durability and natural rot resistance like white oak, cedar, locust, or sassafras. Chestnut was very commonly used until the Chestnut blight wiped out American Chestnut, effectively eliminating it as a commercial source of lumber by the 1920’s. Plywood or particle board of all types is usually shunned for any sheathing use beneath siding. Replicating original joinery and construction techniques including mortise-and-tenon, generally insures strength and longevity, and is especially important for older buildings. Trying to repair mortise and tenon structures with modern framing can compromise the entire structures’ integrity and stability.

logo inlay for office or store

We are glad to outline, inlay, back light or otherwise cut, etch or overlay your company’s logo in a prominent exterior entrance door or a decorative and momentous interior door to a conference room or similar prominante feature drawing attention to your brand.

We are not a sign shop, but regularly build signs in hand-made techniques.  So many of today’s manufacuring techniques rely on CNC maching that the inherent qualities of the wood material are not brought to prominance in the design.

Sulfur may be used to produce ornamental inlays at wooden furniture. After the pattern has been made into the forest, liquid sulfur is poured in and then scratched away so it is flush. Sulphur inlays were especially common in the late 18th and early nineteenth centuries, notably amongst university German cabinetmakers. This exercise soon died out, as less harmful and flammable substances were replaced. Nevertheless, some contemporary craftsmen have occasionally revived this method in the creation of replica compositions.

In Egypt and Syria these ouds are normally really adorned, with exquisitely carved enclosed wooden rosettes, bordered by inlay of mother-of-pearl and black-and- white coloured vegetation. This scratchplate and fingerboard is likewise adorned with coloured inlay. For white: White, bone or now white solid is used. On some ouds even this whole place is completed with mother-of-pearl inlay.

Ornamental Mortise and Tennon Doors

Mortise & Tenon is most effective when corner joints need to be sturdy and solid in produced items such as doors, tables, windows, and beds. A rectangular slot called a Mortise cut into the (exact) center of the end piece of wood so that it will except the fitting (the Tenon) from the cross piece. The mortise and tennon joint maks a cleaner stronger joint because the original growth grain of the wood remains undisturbed. After it has been glued, the wood joints will be very hard to get apart and although the grain directions differ, they are both undisturbed solid pieces of wood. Common shortcuts are to use round dowel and round holes because they do not require the high level of precision to be joined. The difference is in the solid stick of lumber in an authentic joinery. Two differing pieces of wood joined by dowel joint may have differing rates of swelling from humidity or weathering and the internal pressures of swelling can tear the joint apart or push in gaps. The traditional mortise ratio is one-third as thick as the wood slabto avoid any splitting of the mortise orTenon breakage. Our Virginia craftsmen can hand-fashion your new doors from any speciecs you specify with oak and mahogany our most commonly used lumer types.

Historic Replacement Doors

Gepetto Millworks location at the foot of Church Hill in Richmond VA has given us 40 years of cumulative restoration, renovation and traditional building expereince in the rejuvination of the Church Hill neighborhood.

Our crafstmen can site visit for measurement and assessment anywhere from Charlottesville to Cape Charles in the same working day.  We have supplied many historic doors, windows, gates, fences, and other wooden elements to Historic Williamsburg and as far north as George Washington’s Mount Vernon.  Call us to schedule a site visit, or simply supply measurements on the order form.

 

This mortise and tenon woodworking joint has been applied in the globe for thousands of years—for good cause. It’s regarded one of the strongest woodworking joints for tying two slices of wood around 90 points. While not as visually appealing as dovetail joints, the mortise and tenon connection will be utilized by woodworkers of all ability levels to make furniture and separate craft tasks. These mortise and tenon associated uses by inserting one point of The piece of wood into The hole in another piece of wood. It’s that easy. The smaller point of this forest is the “ tenon ,” and that forest with this mouth in it is referred to as this “ mortise. ” Cement is used to ensure these pieces together and variations on the joint also have sticks and and wedges to hold the connection in place.

These earliest tenons were limited, i.e. Carved from one of these pieces of forest which were starting to be united. Later available tenons were presented, where proper mortises were made at both pieces of forest and they were United together by the insertion of tenons. These tenons would be locked in place by drilling holes through them and the board they were given at and repairing them with sticks. While tenons at furniture were rather frequently locked, they stayed available at ships, enabling their simple disassembly (Cheryl Ward) that forest, which is of a very unusual nature, is reckoned among the most useful known. When cut down it is now dipped into standing water, much being the substances used for drying it. At first it sinks to the side, after which it starts to drift, and At a specific duration of time that extra wet blows it dried, which has the effect of penetrating and soaking all other kinds of wood. It is a sign that it is suitable for purpose when it starts to drift.

The mortise is the structure made into the forest to have the tenon. There are different varieties of mortise: ( Dekker, Michael.)

 

One of the most significant native craft techniques was the limited Mortise and tenon connection. The fixed tenon was created by shaping the point of one land to fit into the mortise (hollow ) that is made into the second timber. The variant of the connection using the free tenon finally turned into one of the most significant features in sea and Egyptian construction. I creates the union between two planks or different elements by inserting a separate tenon into the structure (mortise) of the same size cut into each element. ”

 

This mortise and tenon associated uses by inserting one point of The piece of wood into The hole in another piece of wood. It’s that easy. The smaller point of this forest is the “ tenon ,” and that forest with this mouth in it is referred to as those “ mortise. ” Glue is accustomed to ensure these pieces together and variations on the joint also have sticks and and wedges to hold the connection in place. It’s best to get this mortise first and that tenon time. You’ll make it much easier to fine-tune and change the tenon to fit into the mortise, so vice versa. The law of thumb for reducing tenons is that they should be equivalent half the body of the panel, and tenon size should take 4 to 5 times the body of the tenon.

 

This Mortise measure is now used to point out the breadth of the tenon. It should take the same dimension as the mortise which has only been made into the forest. This limited spur and the adjustable spur of this measure are made to the dimension of the mortise chisel. This Mortise measure is used to indicate the magnitude of the Tenon. The product of the marking gauge must be taken securely against the side of the forest as it would have the tendency to take the grain of the forest rather than one straight line. The Tenon think is used to see down the gauged channels of the Tenon. The wood is usually held securely in The woodworkers Vice.

 

It’s best to get this mortise first and finish the wood tenon second. You’ll make it much easier to fine-tune and change the tenon to fit into the mortise, than vice versa. The rule of thumb for reducing tenons is that they should be equivalent half the body of the beam, and tenon size should take 1/2 times the body of the tenon.

The right-angled, mortise-and-tenon building of Seventeenth-Century style furniture is also apparent in the structure of this end. For example, the museum’s 1680 Samuel Hart area comprises of large posts and beams linked by mortise-and-tenon joints secured with forest sticks. Same techniques were employed in joined furniture: So, most seventeenth-century joiners were multiskilled craftsmen capable not only of building the home frame but also of providing it. The 1660 improvement of Charles II, who had been at exile in France, took to England the new innovation sense from the court styles of Louis XIV. Called the past Baroque, the kind combined Continental and oriental influences in furniture forms that were directly richer and more curvilinear, with more steep dimensions. Although components of the original fashion first appeared in English court circles within this 1660s, it was not until the period of William and Madonna (1689–1702) that this fashion spread throughout England and its colonies.

This mortise and tenon woodworking joint has been applied in the globe for thousands of years—for good cause. It’s regarded one of the strongest woodworking joints for tying two slices of wood around 90 points. While not as visually appealing as dovetail joints, the mortise and tenon connection will be utilized by woodworkers of all ability levels to make furniture and separate craft tasks. These mortise and tenon associated uses by inserting one point of The piece of wood into The hole in another piece of wood. It’s that easy. The smaller point of this forest is the “ tenon ,” and that forest with this mouth in it is referred to as this “ mortise. ” Cement is used to ensure these pieces together and variations on the joint also have sticks and and wedges to hold the connection in place.

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These earliest tenons were limited, i.e. Carved from one of these pieces of forest which were starting to be united. Later available tenons were presented, where proper mortises were made at both pieces of forest and they were United together by the insertion of tenons. These tenons would be locked in place by drilling holes through them and the board they were given at and repairing them with sticks. While tenons at furniture were rather frequently locked, they stayed available at ships, enabling their simple disassembly (Cheryl Ward) that forest, which is of a very unusual nature, is reckoned among the most useful known. When cut down it is now dipped into standing water, much being the substances used for drying it. At first it sinks to the side, after which it starts to drift, and At a specific duration of time that extra wet blows it dried, which has the effect of penetrating and soaking all other kinds of wood. It is a sign that it is suitable for purpose when it starts to drift. The mortise is the structure made into the forest to have the tenon. One of the most significant native craft techniques was the limited Mortise and tenon connection. The fixed tenon was created by shaping the point of one land to fit into the mortise (hollow ) that is made into the second timber. The variant of the connection using the free tenon finally turned into one of the most significant features in sea and Egyptian construction. I creates the union between two planks or different elements by inserting a separate tenon into the structure (mortise) of the same size cut into each element.

This mortise and tenon associated uses by inserting one point of The piece of wood into The hole in another piece of wood. It’s that easy. The smaller point of this forest is the “ tenon ,” and that forest with this mouth in it is referred to as those “ mortise. ” Glue is accustomed to ensure these pieces together and variations on the joint also have sticks and and wedges to hold the connection in place. It’s best to get this mortise first and that tenon time. You’ll make it much easier to fine-tune and change the tenon to fit into the mortise, so vice versa. The law of thumb for reducing tenons is that they should be equivalent half the body of the panel, and tenon size should take 4 to 5 times the body of the tenon.

 

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This Mortise measure is now used to point out the breadth of the tenon. It should take the same dimension as the mortise which has only been made into the forest. This limited spur and the adjustable spur of this measure are made to the dimension of the mortise chisel. This Mortise measure is used to indicate the magnitude of the Tenon. The product of the marking gauge must be taken securely against the side of the forest as it would have the tendency to take the grain of the forest rather than one straight line. The Tenon think is used to see down the gauged channels of the Tenon. The wood is usually held securely in The woodworkers Vice.

It’s best to get this mortise first and that tenon time. You’ll make it much easier to fine-tune and change the tenon to fit into the mortise, so vice versa. The law of thumb for reducing tenons is that they should be equivalent half the body of the panel, and tenon size should take 4 to 5 times the body of the tenon.

The right-angled, mortise-and-tenon building of Seventeenth-Century style furniture is also apparent in the structure of this end. For example, the museum’s 1680 Samuel Hart area (36.127) comprises of large posts and beams linked by mortise-and-tenon joints secured with forest sticks. Same business techniques were employed in joined furniture: So, most seventeenth-century joiners were multiskilled craftsmen capable not only of building the home frame but also of providing it. The 1660 improvement of Charles II, who had been at exile in France, took to England the new innovation sense from the court styles of Louis XIV. Called the past Baroque, the kind combined Continental and oriental influences in furniture forms that were directly richer and more curvilinear, with more steep dimensions. Although components of the original fashion first appeared in English court circles within this 1660s, it was not until the period of William and Madonna (1689–1702) that this fashion spread throughout England and its colonies.

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