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Blog entry by Mark Briley posted 07-25-2009 03:01 AM 1103 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I don’t have a table saw, but I do have a cool Wenzloff & Sons 16” tenon rip saw! My tenons didn’t turn out too bad – the saw cuts very well. But I’ll admit it, after the first tenon I was wishing for a nice table saw with a dado set like Christopher Schwarz used. Cutting these out took some time and I’m glad it’s over with.

-- Mark, Utah

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#1 posted 07-25-2009 03:06 AM

I tried doing one mortise completely by hand – it was a real pain. Thankfully I have a drill press and fostner bit that I’ll be using for the rest of these. I’ll go that route and see how it works out. This mortise was my first one ever and it took me over an hour to chop. It didn’t turn out too bad, but I need a faster way. I’ve got 7 more to go for the base.

-- Mark, Utah

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#2 posted 07-25-2009 03:30 AM

Looking good ,good progress

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 07-25-2009 04:11 AM

Mark, my angle on this is; you need to know how to do it with hand tools, then you’ll know better how to do it with power tools. It’s always good to keep your skills honed. I try to incorporate some hand work into each of the projects that I do. Looks like you did a very nice job on this joint. Keep up the good work.
PS a tenon jig is cheaper than a dado stack and it makes better tenons.

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#4 posted 07-25-2009 04:23 AM

I’m impressed with that mortise for being your first, I’m looking forward to more progress on the bench.

-- Andy, PA ~Finding satisfaction in creation

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#5 posted 07-25-2009 05:12 AM

I’ll second Tim, by doing things with handtools you learn the important aspects of each technique/joinery. once you truly understand the basics, you’ll know better how to incorporate powertools properly to help you achieve similar results but at a faster rate. (ask me how I know…)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 07-25-2009 06:10 AM

Your hand cut mortise & tenon look better than the machine cut I did.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 07-25-2009 06:27 AM

Looks pretty good. You’ll be able to look back many years from now and say ” I cut those by hand”.

-- KCkevin

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#8 posted 07-25-2009 01:26 PM

Don’t know how you could improve on that! Nice work Mark!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#9 posted 07-25-2009 06:27 PM

I’ll second what tenontim said.


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