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Loose Tenon Mortising Jig #1: Video

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Blog entry by Sawdustonmyshoulder posted 1495 days ago 7331 reads 34 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a video on how to set up and use the Loose Tenon and Mortise Jig I developed over the past few weeks.

It is in three pieces.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

I made two project entries: First One - pre-tested and the Second One - post-tested

-- Makin' Sawdust!!!



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rbterhune

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#1 posted 1495 days ago

Great stuff, great jig. I’d like to make a jig similar to that at some point. I’d love to see some more detail about the jig itself.

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rbterhune

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#2 posted 1495 days ago

Never mind…missed the project posts

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dannymac

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#3 posted 1495 days ago

the only thing i could say is THANK YOU

-- dannymac

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loupitou06

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#4 posted 1495 days ago

Excellent Jig and great videos, thanks a lot

Pierre

-- 100 fois sur le metier remettez votre ouvrage

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Viking

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#5 posted 1495 days ago

Thanks for the lesson. I learn something from LJ every day!

Excellent!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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Randy Sharp

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#6 posted 1495 days ago

Inserting the photos for a close-up view on certain parts of the set-up was an exceptional and helpful addition. Great videos!

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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TNwoodchuck

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#7 posted 1495 days ago

Your fixture, your photos, and your videos are top notch. I think I can duplicate from what you have shared already, but I’ll check back for your plans too. Thanks for taking the time to share your obvious expertise. I might add that your voice and very slight accent make you easy to listen to.

-- Chuck near Nashville - “All you are unable to give possesses you” (Andre Gide)

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Viking

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#8 posted 1494 days ago

Do you make you own tenons or is there a ready source for them? I have several projects that would most likely use 3/8” and 1/2” and possibly 1/4” tenons.

I am also anxious to see your plans.

Thanks

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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Sawdustonmyshoulder

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#9 posted 1494 days ago

Viking, I make my own tenon stock out of what some call scrap and some call unassigned wood laying around the shop. It helps that I have a drum sander that sands in 1/128th of inch passes so that I can dial it just at the right fit. I round the corners with either a quarter round router bit or a appropriate sized bullnose router bit in my router table.

If I didn’t have the drum sander, I guess I could use the table saw to cut the tenons close and use sandpaper to fine tune the fit. I find that you don’t want the tenons too tight because the glue will swell the walls of the mortise and also the tenon. I am also going to add a saw kerf to the tenons to allow air to escape the mortise and not blow the glue out.

This ability to make your own tenon is really a great feature of loose tenon joinery because you don’t have to spend money on tenon stock or use expensive project wood to make tenons. Over the life of a project like I am working on now with almost 450 tenons at about 1 1/2 inch in stock length per traditional tenon equals about 25 board feet of lumber. And all of the tenons will be made from the stock that is cut off and headed to the trash.

I have some work to do on the chairs tonight but I will start on the SketchUp plans later in the week. I don’t work in the shop on Wednesdays (that’s the wife’s night with me) so I will do some “inside work” on the plans.

Thanks all for the kind comments!

-- Makin' Sawdust!!!

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david9951

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#10 posted 1493 days ago

viking, lee valley sells loose tenon stock

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Skylark53

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#11 posted 1493 days ago

Great job on the jig and the video. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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Viking

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#12 posted 1493 days ago

Sawdust / David;

Thanks for the info on tenon stock. Will probably buy some to get started then make my own from the scrap pile.

Good Luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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bgee

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#13 posted 1492 days ago

Great video and nice jig

-- Bgee from Dublin, Ohio

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woody57

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#14 posted 1488 days ago

that’s a great jig
thanks for posting

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#15 posted 1190 days ago

nice video, great explanation, thanks.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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