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Forum topic by ScottKaye posted 03-27-2017 01:31 PM 514 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-27-2017 01:31 PM

I paired too much material away from the walls of two of my mortises. I later came to figure out it wasn’t the mortise thickness that was to blame, it was the length of the mortises that caused the tennons to bind as they were inserted into the mortise. Anyway, I ended up with 2 tenons out of 8 that I wasn’t at all happy with. They were extremely loose fitting and slopped side to side in the mortise. My solution? well since its not practical to add wood to the mortise, I glued the tenon cheek offcuts back onto the tenons and will run it all through the tennoning jig again. This time I’ll make the tenons slightly thicker to correspond to the wider mortises.


(sorry for the lack of contrast in the picture. I couldn’t get the lighting right in the shop as its a gray and overcast day here)

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#1 posted 03-27-2017 02:30 PM

I’m embarrassed to say how many time I’ve had to do the same. Cheek cutoffs come in handy as do small pieces of veneer.
Sometimes a mistake become a design feature.

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