Floating Tenon Jig

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Project by Amoc posted 04-01-2013 01:02 AM 4043 views 7 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Building a Bar Mirror for my wife. The original instructions call for dowel pins but after seeing an article and watching a vid on you tube I liked and decided that a loose tenon is more preferable to dowel pin.
This rig took me about 2 weeks on and off to complete it. I took ideas from others and then incorporated my own. The jig can hold vertical and horizontal stock, I can set the stops once and duplicate the setup easily each time. I made a fitting bar that is under that fits into my table slot for ease of setting it up and the only thing that I did to make it more secure was to put a simple screw tab on the rear so when I place this on my bench it is a small screw that I put in and I am ready.

-- Ken from Ft Hood, TX

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#1 posted 04-01-2013 02:43 AM

Nice jig—you’ve incorporated a lot of features and allowances for adjustments. I hope this works well for you since you’ve obviously put a lot of thought and effort in this project.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 04-01-2013 02:56 AM

I built a jig several years ago and it comes in handy.

I made an improvement that you might want to incorporate. I put longer stops to hold the horizontal bar in position. I found it very helpful.

See some photos: loose tenon jig or loose tenon jig improved

Great jig.

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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#3 posted 04-01-2013 05:18 AM

Nice job. I use mine a lot.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#4 posted 04-01-2013 04:34 PM

Brilliant! I wish you had plans or a video on how to build one. I’d love to build one myself. Great job!

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#5 posted 04-01-2013 05:31 PM

Rick when I built this I did not have a plan. I based mine off a youtube vid by Sawdustonmyshoulder. If you break up your design into three parts I think it will be easier to design. My design takes my bench into account for mounting it. The sled for the router will be different since we all don’t use the same router. The front of the jig I use my own home brew knobs except for the top ones. I found that I liked the particle board better than the cutting board and yes I did sacrafice one from the kitchen (wife got a new one) and tried it.

-- Ken from Ft Hood, TX

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