This project explores the possibilities presented by 3d printing to advance traditional joinery techniques beyond what is possible to do in wood alone.
Like other 3d-printed/mixed media projects I've done before, the design builds all the complexity into the 3d-printed pieces and lets the wood be as simple as possible. The challenge for this project was to get a tight fit at the joint while using only wood and the 3d-printed connector - no glues or fasteners of any kind. Consequently, the system had to be able to accommodate variations in the wood while also maintaining the predetermined geometry of the 3d print. Ultimately, I landed on the cross tenon shape as an evolution of the traditional wedged tenon joint. The cross tenon joint allowed for a customizable fit for each joint that turned out to be very sturdy, as it can expand in four directions rather than just two.