|Forum topic by Eric_S||posted 03-21-2010 09:35 PM||3477 views||0 times favorited||14 replies|
03-21-2010 09:35 PM
Please forgive my noob status.
So I made all the tenons yesterday for the nightstands on the bandsaw. This went really well, much easier than the tenon jig I made for my innacurate table saw fence. Anyways, I really hope these nightstands will be sturdy when assembled but I’m starting to worry, here is the deal:
I’ve read tenons are supposed to be 5 times as long as they are wide. Well if thats true I’m really screwed. My legs are going to only be 1 1/4” wide squared at the top and ~2” at the bottom. All of the mortises though are aligned 1/2” inward from the edge, so the max depth they can actually be is 7/8”. I thought I plunged them to that depth, nope, they are only 6/8” really. So I made all the tenons 7/8” and I haven’t decided yet if I want to take the time to replunge and resquare all the mortises by 1/8” or just trim off 1/8” from the tenons. Either way though, I’m worried they wont be long enough. They also have to be rabbetted or mitered since the sides and back share mortise holes. Any suggestions? Do you think I’ll be ok? At this point I’ve spent way to much time and money so starting over is NOT an option.
If possible, I’d rather trim the tenons to 6/8 then plunge the mortises another 1/8” since it will be much quicker. Will 6/8” tenon be strong enough? I was thinking I could add extra strength by pinning the tenons, but I’m afraid at only 6/8” that the pins would have to be 1/4” or so and not sure if thats really strong enough. Can I actually pin a 6/8” tenon that has the mortise 1/2” offset from the edge of the legs? Any suggestions would be great. Thanks. I’ll try to get pics up by tomorrow evening of an updated status.
-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN