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Building Furniture

Helping to make your table your very own...

Below are some of the build techniques we use here at A Vintage Wren


Mortise and Tenon Joinery

Our dining tables are crafted with mortise and tenon joinery which is a way of connecting two pieces of wood together without the use of mechanical fasteners (such as screws or nails). 

This technique has been used for thousands of years and it is still the best!

Mortise and tenon joinery is strong, stable and aesthetically pleasing to look at. It makes a permanent bond between two pieces of wood such

as the leg to the apron (or skirt) of the table, giving your table a lifetime’s worth of service and family pleasure.

The mortise is a slot or hole cut into one of the pieces to be joined and the tenon is the corresponding wood tongue or rail that will fit into the

mortise. The tenon is glued into the mortise and then locked in place with a wooden pin or dowel.

The legs are not detachable

Mortise and tenon
mortise and tenon joinery
drilling table leg for wood pegs
wood pegs in table leg for mortise and tenon joint


Hand Planed Surfaces

Many of our tables come with a hand planed or scraped surface which are hand worked with the tool called a “hand planer” just  as it would

have been done in centuries past, giving your table a unique antique look with slight undulations adding character and charm,

a very beautiful surface.

Many of our hand planers and scrapers are over 100 years old and have been used by woodworkers for decades and we now have the honor

of being their caretaker and user, something we treasure immensely.

Hand Planed
antique hand plane

Breadboard Ends

Breadboard ends are boards that run perpendicular to the field of the table, they are mortise and tenoned on to the table top and have

wooden pegs holding them in place,  they are a permanent part of the table top.  

Traditionally breadboard ends were the hallmark of fine craftsmanship as it added a “refined finished” end to the table by hiding the end

grain of the long boards on the field of the table, it also helps to keep the table top flat and straight.

Breadboard ends
breadboard ends on dining table
Company Board Extension in place with breadboard ends.png
dining table with breadboard ends
dining table with breadboard ends

Dovetail Drawer Boxes

Our drawers are created with dovetail joints, which is a method for joining the side of the drawer box to the front. The dovetail is renown

for its strength and resistance to being pulled apart and once glued into place it does not require any mechanical fasteners (such as screws or nails) and is almost impossible to pull apart. Its strength comes from the way the pins and tails of the joint are made; the tapered shape of the pin is held in place by the taper of the tail.

The dovetail joint is known to have been used as far back as ancient Egypt.

cutting a dovetail joint
dovetail joint
dovetail drawer box
dovetailed drawer
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