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Forum topic by badbob1 posted 01-23-2011 09:42 PM 892 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-23-2011 09:42 PM

I am trying to cut tenons with a table saw and a dado blade. I am using a miter gauge with a extension and referencing off the rip fence. My problem is this method produces stepped shoulders. Advice would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 01-23-2011 10:00 PM

I use just a single blade, not a dado. I use just the miter gauge, AND the fence. The trick is to “nibble my way towards the fence. When I reach the fence, tenon is done. I then rotate the piece and start again.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#2 posted 01-23-2011 10:05 PM

You are getting stepped shoulders because your stock is not square most likely or it is lifting off the table as you make your cuts.

Pass it through the jointer? maybe your solution

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#3 posted 01-24-2011 12:15 AM

Check your fence for being parallel to the blade.
Make sure the miter guage is 90 degrees to the blade.
Be sure your stock is as Chelios says.

I get good results using the table saw to define the end of the tendon so I know it works if all other factors are OK.

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