Table Saw Tenoning Jig

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Project by vrice posted 05-15-2011 05:52 PM 7693 views 26 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Having snagged an excellent used Jet Hollow Chisel Mortiser late last year, I needed to acquire a good tenoning jig. I found the plans for one in ShopNotes that seemed to offer all the features of the reasonably expensive, metal jigs sold for table saws. I had all the baltic birch ply laying around that I needed. I also had most of the hardware needed. I spent an additional 15 bucks for the threaded rod and a few pieces of hardware I was lacking. As I was preparing to post this I did a search on LJ and lo and behold I found several others of this same or similar design. Thought I’d still post mine. The others I found here were rather old so maybe this will appeal to those new to LJ who were looking for something similar.
All the wood in this is 3/4” baltic birch ply with the exception of the walnut runner for the mitre slot and the poplar scrap I used for the hold-down bar and the backstop. Well, also there are two 1/8” hardboard strips that act as runners on the underside of the table for slots in the base.
This thing works great. I especially like the threaded rod assembly that let’s you bang out lots of tenons of the same dimensions once you get the stops set correctly. No need to remove and flip your piece. Just loosen the table lock, slide to the other stop, relock the table and cut. I made one small addition to this stop assembly. Fearing banging the metal couplings back and forth against the plywood stop bar would begin to dent the wood, I superglued one half of a metal washer to each side where the metal coupling hits the stop. This gives a much more positive and solid stop that will not dent over time.
I ended up applying 3 coats of tung oil to this just to keep it “preserved” better and give it a better look. No tung il on the bottom, just several coats of paste wax.
P.S. You may notice a couple of holes on the vertical face that don’t appear to be used. That’s because they aren’t. I had my proverbial head up my proverbial @$$ when drilling the holes for the hold-down bar.

-- Vic Rice

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#1 posted 05-15-2011 07:48 PM

Nice Vic…Which issue of shop notes?

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 05-15-2011 09:09 PM

very nice jig

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

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#3 posted 05-15-2011 09:34 PM

Gary, I knew someone would ask this question. Unfortunately I don’t know. I saw this in one of the compendium editions all this mags but out. I received one called “ShopNotes Tools & Jigs” as a freebie when I renewed a couple of years back. I can’t find a single reference in this thing to the original issue it appeare in. Sorry.

-- Vic Rice

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#4 posted 05-15-2011 09:57 PM

Very nice jig!!! Thanks for sharing!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 05-15-2011 11:01 PM

I made one of these 10 years ago and still use it occasionally…Jigs are fun to make and teach us so much about working with wood.
I found the plans in a series of woodworking books from TimeLife.. about 20 in the set…one sent out each month… total cost over AU$800.00 and worth every cent… so many great plans, ideas and tips..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#6 posted 05-16-2011 12:31 AM

Really a nice jig.
I have never seen this version before so I’m happy you posted it.
I especially love that you can set the fixed size and move back and forward.
It will go in my favorites.
Thank you,

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

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#7 posted 05-17-2011 03:53 AM

Yeah, I like it. Looks good…...can I have it??

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#8 posted 05-17-2011 03:09 PM


-- Vic Rice

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#9 posted 05-23-2011 05:52 PM

nice. added it to my fav’s!

-- >> my shop teacher used to say "do the best at everything you make for your mom because you're going to see it for the rest of your life!" <<

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#10 posted 06-05-2011 04:16 PM

It is in this edition here It was origanally publisherd in WoodSmith Magazine no 127

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