quick tip. why rip a tenon, smack it with a chisel and move on

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Blog entry by paoh posted 10-01-2011 05:51 PM 832 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

just figured id pass on my stroke of desperate luck. i built a saw bench loosely based on christopher schwartz 5 dollar saw bench out of some leftovers of a fence project. the base is 4×4 treated posts at a 10 degree angle and 2×4 stretchers secured by half lap joints glue and nails. the top is an 8 foot 2×12 i found that was in bad shape. there was a crack through the length that i glued and crudely clamped with rope. the top is unsecured and last night i started the joinery planing on wedged through tenons. the base is made so the cutting of the tenons were a real bear. at one point i got so frustrated with my cheap Japanese crosscut saw that i was using to rip the tenon i dropped it and grabbed a 1 1/8” chisel and mallet and lined up the the cut line and smack a chunk went flying and the result was near perfect.

just curious how many types of wood you can get away with this. i had already made the cross cut but if i don’t need to rip the tenon i could save lots of time and energy.

someday I’ll post pics. just started my first cabinet project. I bought 16 bd feet of 1/2 hard maple for a jewelry box based on a machinist tool chest…

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#1 posted 10-02-2011 05:11 AM

Perfectly good technique when it works. Just have to have straight grain.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#2 posted 10-02-2011 09:11 AM

agree with the above…straight grain is easier….will be different if the grain is a bit curly tho

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#3 posted 10-02-2011 10:24 AM

IMO, the only way you can gaurantee that this works every time on any wood, is to chop away from your line and then pare down to it.

You are better off getting a decent RIP tenon saw. It shouldn’t take more than a minute to saw a tenon.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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