Floating Tenon Material?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by KnickKnack posted 06-02-2010 02:04 PM 1848 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View KnickKnack's profile


1088 posts in 3498 days

06-02-2010 02:04 PM

Topic tags/keywords: floating tenon question joining

I’m just about to embark upon a kitchen sink unit – a sort of frame and panel design. I’ve decided to go with floating tenons. The wood is pine with plywood panels.
My question is… what should I make the floating tenon inserts from?
My only choices are pine, oak, ash, beech or plywood. My gut says plywood, but they’re the same guts that make me eat a lot of curry!
Thanks in advance for the “right” answer.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

4 replies so far

View davidpettinger's profile


661 posts in 3131 days

#1 posted 06-02-2010 02:21 PM

I wood use beech. Same material they make biscuits out of.

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

View rance's profile


4257 posts in 3092 days

#2 posted 06-02-2010 02:34 PM


More important than the wood is getting the grain direction correct. It needs to go across the joint, not parallel to it. Look at a biscuit closely and you’ll see (although I’ve seen some arranged diagonal). For this reason, I’d suggest NOT using plywood. Typically, use the same wood as the project is made from.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

View richgreer's profile


4541 posts in 3006 days

#3 posted 06-02-2010 03:35 PM

You will be fine with any of the hardwoods: oak, ash or beech.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

View a1Jim's profile


117029 posts in 3508 days

#4 posted 06-02-2010 05:20 PM

I agree with all of the above.

-- wood crafting & classes

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics