Graphical Construction Glossary >> Woodwork. >> Joints >> Hammer Key Joint
The joints on this page have to a certain extent been replaced by metal bolt systems which when used with a system of jigs and templates are very quick to make and give positive tightening force. The generic term is handrail bolts, because they came to popularity in handrail use.
The hammer key system is nevertheless an excellent way to join pieces of timber end on.
If I was in the business of making fine furniture I would go out of my way to use (and show) as many of these traditional joints as possible.
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