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Forum topic by grub32 posted 01-20-2010 11:22 PM 1070 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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01-20-2010 11:22 PM

Topic tags/keywords: mortise tenon

I am new to the forum and I have a question on making my mortise and tenons.

I am building a kitchen table out of cherry and I am going to be using mortise and tenon joinery for the first time. The thickness of my apron will be 7/8. I am planning on making the tenon width 3/8 of an inch. Is that acceptable for this thickness. Also on the short sides of the tenon, how wide should I make the cheeks? I think I am using the right lingo. I am talking about the tops and bottoms of the boards.

Thanks in Advance for any and all Info,


-- Educator by Day, Wood Butcher by Night!!

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#1 posted 01-21-2010 12:43 AM

If your stock is 7/8” thick then 3/8” tenon will be ok. That will leave 1/4” of wood on each side of tenon. These cuts are called the cheek cuts. The width of the apron will kind of determine the size of the shoulder cuts, I usually like to make the shoulder cut 1/2” to 5/8” on each shoulder on a 3” wide board. This is just my opinion on the cuts.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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