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The Simplest Tenon Jig

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Project by Bricofleur posted 05-16-2017 12:01 PM 1326 views 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You don’t need a complex jig to make a simple task. I’ve come up with a jig that requires only three pieces. It works in conjunction with a crosscut sled (photo #2) or a miter gauge outfitted with an auxiliary fence (photo #6). My shown homemade micro-setting jig is a plus to fine tune the thickness of your tenons.

The last photo (#6) shows the tenon jig as well as the micro-setting jig secured to my $1 homemade improved miter gauge previously posted here on LJ.

For more construction details and photos, please check this page of my blog.

Hope it can be useful. Thanks for looking.

Best,
Serge

http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com





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Woodtodust

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#1 posted 05-16-2017 12:51 PM

Thanks, Serge. You’re right. It doesn’t have to be complicated. I’m going to copy your simple, elegant design and add it to my jig arsenal. I will give you credit.

Thanks for posting.

-- Bill...Richmond Hill, GA--"83% of all statistics are made up."

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RobS888

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#2 posted 05-16-2017 01:08 PM

I added it to my favorites.

-- I always suspected many gun nuts were afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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kiefer

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#3 posted 05-16-2017 01:56 PM

Simple is the way to go Serge and you did it .

Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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#4 posted 05-16-2017 03:57 PM

Hello Serge

Simple, simple and very very useful !!

Congratulations
Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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Andre

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#5 posted 05-16-2017 04:11 PM

Yup! the KISS rule usually works best! But when I picked up my tablesaw it came with a mortise and tenon jig (Delta)
that sat in a corner a few years before I decide to actually try it, now I use quite often because of how easy it is to set up and repeat cut after cut perfectly.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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mafe

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#6 posted 05-16-2017 05:02 PM

Less can be plenty. ;-)
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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tyvekboy

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#7 posted 05-16-2017 05:11 PM

Another great jig. Thanks for sharing.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#8 posted 05-16-2017 06:33 PM

Simplicity at its best Serge…. kudos my friend !!!!!!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#9 posted 05-16-2017 06:56 PM

It’s always interesting to see your jigs and challenge to duplicate.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 05-16-2017 09:01 PM

Very nice simple jig.

—Madts.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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woodshaver Tony C

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#11 posted 05-16-2017 09:49 PM

Great job on this jig! Simple is better!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#12 posted 05-17-2017 12:58 AM

Very cool. More simple than mine. lol

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#13 posted 05-17-2017 03:27 AM

Good idea. Probably alot easier to drag around verses the Cast Iron ones many of us have.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#14 posted 05-17-2017 12:39 PM

That is certainly a simple jig to make tennons with when used with a suitable sled or miter gage. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Bricofleur

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#15 posted 05-17-2017 01:12 PM

Thank you all for stopping by and leaving such encouraging comments.

@Woodchuck2010 : I’d see and would like your design for a 45° angle crosscut sled though, moving all movable parts to the opposite slope side, something I have in mind to design and build one day. I’m keeping picture of yours for inspiration.

Best,
Serge

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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