Orange County Shutters, Most manufacturers assemble their shutters using wood dowels. A dowel is a small, cylindrical piece of wood that forms a bridge between two pieces of wood. If you’ve ever assembled an inexpensive bookcase or filing cabinet, you’ve probably used wood dowels. For a manufacturer, wood dowels are an inexpensive way to quickly construct a mass-produced product like a shutter.(The entire weight of the shutter rests on wood dowels.) The problem with this is it leads to one of the most infamous problems of shutters ,sagging and eventual coming apart of the shutters. All high quality shutter companies use mortise and tenon, which has been used in quality furniture for ages. All high quality furniture you order will be made with mortise and tenon because the builders know it will have the strength to last. Mortise and tenon two-fold solves the problem of durability of the shutter to insure a long-lasting investment into your house or home.
First, It allows more surface area for the wood glue to dry to and overflow is pushed out to further strengthen and solidify the shutter. With dowels, when glue is applied it isn’t compressed out which will later in time and temperature change, begin to push the dowel out. And second, mortise and tenon does not just bridge the 2 segments of wood with flimsy dowels, it instead is an extension of the wood fitting into the groove of the second piece of wood. Making for a solid connection between 2 pieces of wood instead of 2 pieces with dowels holding the entire weight of the shutter. This quality of construction can easily add another decade or more to your shutter.
For years now shutter companies have cut this corner and now people are now just starting to realize they didn’t receive the quality they were promised. Let us clear of the air of all the lies and promises. Shutters are an investment, and as such you should make sure what your investing in will last. When building your dream home you don’t want Ikea quality which will break and fall apart on you in the next couple years. You need the assurance of quality hand made furniture that only mortise and tenon can provide.