Riving Tenons

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Blog entry by mpmitche posted 07-09-2011 08:55 PM 770 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While I was working on building my garden trellis I ran into an interesting problem. Sawing a tennon into a 7 foot rail can’t be easily done in a vise. For the first rail I used my sawbench and a panel saw to cut the cheecks, then cut the shoulders with my carcass saw. This worked ok but was more difficult than cutting a tennon at the bench. I was reading about green woodworking and found a bit of info on riving tenons. I decidied to give it a try and it worked out really well in this application. I cut my shoulders first and marked my tenons on the end grain. Then I just sat at my bench on top of the rail and split the waste out. The pine isn’t always straight and that gave me a few problems but for the most part the tenons came out pretty good.

Anyone else ever try this and if so how did it work?

-- Mike, Western New York

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