Loose Tenons vs Mortise and Tenon

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Forum topic by Eagle1 posted 01-14-2010 01:14 PM 1492 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-14-2010 01:14 PM

I have been looking at the Rockler bead lock jig setup. Just kinda what ya’ll thought about it, and if you have good luck at it. I know more wood surface means stronger joint. I really havn’t messed with mortise and tenon, but want to.

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#1 posted 01-14-2010 10:47 PM

They both have pros and cons. Loose tenons allow for adjustment, but you can also adjust regular M&T’s id you account for that in production. I guess it comes down to personal preference. If you are producing a lot of parts requiring all M&T joints than loose tenon maybe the way to go. If your a hobbyist like myself, I would rather use the tried and true methods.

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#2 posted 01-15-2010 03:19 AM

Hey Eagle1,

I do this for a living and my shop has the capabilities to do both well. As far as strength is concerned a well made floating tenon is very nearly as strong as a well made traditional tenon. So strong as to exceed the breaking strength of the wood so the point as to which is stronger is moot. They are far quicker and have very clean shoulders. The bead lock system is not one I use, it seems a cross between a tenon and dowel. Dowels as you know provide little in the way of true edge grain glue surface and a lot of weak end grain to edge glue surface.

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