Can tenons be made on a 45 degrees?

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Forum topic by Andrew Betschman posted 03-15-2010 12:48 AM 1243 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Andrew Betschman

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03-15-2010 12:48 AM

On the corner cabinet I’m making I need to made a base for it. So it can sit on a un-level floor. Can tenons be made on 45 degrees? So the mortises can be made square to the the piece it is mating.

-- Andrew, Ohio

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#1 posted 03-15-2010 02:00 AM

I’m sure it could be done. But the practicality of doing it is why it is not done. I’m trying to wrap my head around why you would want to try and do it. I can’t picture correctly what it is you want to do.

If you make a standard base for a cabinet, scribe the base to the floor to make it sit even. You can screw blocking to the floor and attach the base to the blocking. If you don’t mind, a little more information.

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#2 posted 03-15-2010 02:36 AM

If you take a look at the Virginia Corner Cabinet I’m making. I need to make a base to take care of some un- level floors.

-- Andrew, Ohio

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#3 posted 03-15-2010 02:46 AM

angle your mortise. having a tenon that is angled at 45 degrees seriously compromised the strength of the tenon. since the grain is no longer running through the tenon and anchored in the board.

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#4 posted 03-15-2010 03:52 AM

No problem with a Woodrat, although as teenagerwwr points out, the shear strength is compromised.

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#5 posted 03-15-2010 04:25 AM

isnt that where u put a leg ? or a “foot” ?......hidden or not,?

good question eh?

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#6 posted 03-15-2010 04:40 AM

Seems like dowels or floatiing tenon would be stronger.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 03-15-2010 08:53 AM

I agree with topamax.

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