Loose Tenon Mortise Jig

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Project by horky posted 02-08-2011 11:22 PM 9896 views 58 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

used up a bunch of old plywood cutoffs, purchased some t-track, borrowed the toggle clamps from the drill press table and now have a loose tenon mortise jig that will do vertical pieces, horizontal pieces (complete with removable extension wings, 4th photo) and compund angle pieces. Made several extra top-front pieces (removable/replaceable, photo 6) to use when the vertical front is angled … these top pieces will have to have the angle cut on them to match that of the vertical front. Will use in my upcoming pub table and chairs project. Lots of fun, hope I have made it clear. Enjoy.

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#1 posted 02-08-2011 11:32 PM

Very Clever


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#2 posted 02-09-2011 12:03 AM

Yes really really clever.
Thank you.
This I will look into.
Best thoughts,

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

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#3 posted 02-09-2011 12:55 AM

Yep! That’s the word, clever. Very well thought out. Just what I’ve been wanting and needing. Rand

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#4 posted 02-09-2011 01:15 AM

I was just looking at shopnote tenoning jig last night.

I will definitely borrow a lot from yours. Probably all of it.

Thanks for posting.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#5 posted 02-09-2011 02:35 AM

It’s interesting to see different takes on tenon jigs yours works like the Trend jig with the tilting front apron I really like that I built one recently with a fixed front apron but I think I will modify it thanks for sharing

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#6 posted 02-09-2011 03:23 AM

Awesome jig, how do you LJ’s think of this stuff?

-- Vince

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#7 posted 02-09-2011 04:26 AM

Very well build. Thanks

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

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#8 posted 02-09-2011 04:35 PM

Yup, that exactly what I need. Thanks for posting it.

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#9 posted 02-10-2011 01:16 AM

I need one of those

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#10 posted 02-20-2011 07:13 AM

Yeah that’s a good one. What are you making the tenons out of? And how much room do you leave for glue?

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#11 posted 09-11-2015 02:01 PM

One of the nicest jigs on loose tenons I have seen so far. Very simple and very precise. Like to build one. Any chance I can get some detailed drawings on making one? I can’t send you a PM yet as I am new to forum but do like this very much. Mine is nice but too many things going on with it. Like to use one like this and see how it goes.

thanks for submitting this for use to see.


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