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Blog entry by John Nixon posted 07-06-2007 02:03 AM 2389 reads 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This 26 minute woodworking video illustrates a complete project from start to finish. You will see the principles of loose tenon (or floating tenon) joinery applied to make a sturdy tool stand.

Shown in the video:

Stock preparation using the planer and jointer.
Making legs, aprons, and cross members for the project.
Mortising on the router table.
Having a repeatable setup for mortising by using a modified tenon jig.
Efficient mortising technique – this project has 32 mortises.
The benefits of a foot-activated motorized router lift.
Glue and assembly of the project.
Adding swivel casters to the project.
Making loose tenons for joinery.

This video is instructional and gives the basics of loose tenon joinery. More importantly, it provides the foundation required for furniture building.

To see the rest of the videos in this series and to view the rest of this projects details visit:

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-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY -

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#1 posted 07-06-2007 02:32 AM

Nice video, John. It’s a good description from start to finish. Thanks for taking the time to make it! I liked your router setup from the first time I saw one of your videos!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 07-06-2007 05:01 AM

Great Video John. I like your router table with the motorized lift.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 07-06-2007 08:03 AM

John -

Great video. I have been a fan of your website and work long before I joined LJ. Thanks for a great series!


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John Nixon

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#4 posted 07-06-2007 06:24 PM

Thanks a lot for watching that long one guys! I made that a while ago, and today I laugh at some of my funny nuances (stuff only I would notice – or my wife – she laughs at me a lot). The darn video is pretty long…I have to remember that this is the internet, and we have a collective short attention span! LOL. Most of us are sneaking posts to lumberjocks in between “working”...speaking of which – back to it for me. Thanks again.

-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY -

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#5 posted 07-26-2007 12:09 PM

Very informative video John, I enjoyed watching and learned a few tips along the way. Thanks for sharing your time and knowledge.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 07-26-2007 01:00 PM

great video!
Yes, thank you for sharing this with us.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 07-26-2007 01:13 PM

Thank you Bill and Ms. Debbie for watching the video! I appreciate your compliments…

-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY -

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#8 posted 10-23-2007 05:52 PM

John I new to this site and your video was my first. I enjoyed! Very informative. Thanks for taking the time.

-- Lige, South Carolina

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#9 posted 10-24-2007 03:03 AM

Thanks for watching the video Lige. I appreciate you taking the time to comment here.
I have a new video coming out in a week or so on how I made a dovetailed blanket chest. I am looking forward to sharing it with the Lumberjocks.

-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY -

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#10 posted 10-24-2007 04:11 AM

John, You’re scaring me with the way you’re using the table saw without push sticks and pushing stock between the blade and the fence with your hands…

Your wife is gonna want to hold your whole hand… all five fingers..

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#11 posted 10-24-2007 01:07 PM

Hi Mark,

I’m no stranger to push sticks – I use them all the time when ripping narrow stock. I know what you mean though, I should probably consider using more often. Thanks,

-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY -

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