I have decided to make a tenoning jig for my table saw. I had a coworker give me an old plywood entertainment center to use however I wanted to. I try to ask friends to give me their throwaway wood so that I can repurpose it. I have used this entertainment center for many small projects.
I had a couple of larger pieces left, so I decided to make a simple tenoning jig out of what I had. I started out by finding some rough dimensions on the web. I found this plan: http://www.finewoodworking.com/Workshop/WorkshopArticle.aspx?id=30723
I started out by cutting the plywood to size. I then had to measure my fence (because this jig will ride on the fence). I got the measurements and started to cut dadoes.
The plan calls for a set of dadoes cut at 90 degrees to the first set, so I cut those as well.
I used my Avenger 6” dado set that I purchased a couple of months ago. It cut well enough for what I needed to do. I am actually surprised that such a low cost set cut that good. I used my zero clearance inserts that I made here:
I thought that the process went pretty good. Anyway, I put the pieces together for a dry fit.
I now need to cut the handle and make sure it fits before I glue and screw everything together. I will then cut the support for the stock and work on some kind of clamp to hold the stock in place. I hope to post updates as I make progress.
If anyone has patterns for shop made hold downs, I would appreciate if you would share with me. I would like to use things I have to build this to keep costs down and to recycle more wood into something useful.
By the way, here is a pic of part of my small shop in my basement. I have a few other tools in the next room like a bandsaw, drill press and a planer. There isn’t enough room to have them all in the same area.
Thanks for looking.
-- Brian, North Georgia