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Forum topic by midgefridge25 posted 09-21-2009 10:17 PM 1296 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-21-2009 10:17 PM

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is the drill bit the best way to make a tenon joint if not could you tell me another way i have my wood cut for my log bed

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#1 posted 09-21-2009 11:36 PM

More details would probably be helpful. Are these round mortises/tenons? Rectangular? Do the logs have a flat face on which to register a drill press attachment, for example? Or are you going totally rustic here?

If rustic is the answer, then a round tenon cutter on a good drill combined with an auger bit to cut the mortises is probably your best bet.

-- Anything worth doing is worth redoing several times.

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#2 posted 09-21-2009 11:37 PM

You can cut mortises in many different ways. A drill bit in a drill press would work. It would
take a steady hand to do it with a hand held drill. Without the drill press it would be hard
to keep the mortise wall straight.

Another way is to use a router. A plunge router with a fence works well. You could also
do them completely with a chisel. Getting good results would require some practice. A mortising
machine is the easiest way that I know. But it requires that you have one! I have used one
but don’t own one.


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#3 posted 09-22-2009 02:09 AM

I’ve cut mortises with a hand held drill and drill bit successfully.
While it’s nice to have a drill press, you can successfully keep holes in line by using a doweling jig.
As mentioned, you will have to either 1) square the ends of the mortises with a chisel if your tenons are square, or 2) round over the shoulders of the tenon to match the round mortises.

A doweling jig costs under $50, and you can use it for other joinery.

-- Gerry

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#4 posted 09-25-2009 07:49 PM

Gerry you are right. People some time use a brace to drill the holes too. I guess it just
takes some practice.

Does the doweling jig just center the holes or does it help keep the holes straight?


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#5 posted 09-26-2009 04:25 AM

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