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zindel

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1074 days ago

I have seen close to a 100 ways people make mortise and tenons…okay so maybe not 100 but you know there are many different ways. Just wondering how everyone goes about it and why it seems to work the best?

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.


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NathanAllen

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#1 posted 1074 days ago

I’m a bit of a lazy man.

Tenons
Dedicated tenon jig on tablesaw with dado blade
For wide stock I use fence standoff and miter guide

Mortise
Mortise machine, clean up with chisel

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Fred Hargis

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#2 posted 1074 days ago

My favorite way is to cut the tenons on a table saw, and the mortises with a router/spiral bit. I’ve tried a few of the other methods, and these just seem to work out best for me.

-- I long for the days when Coke was a cola, and a joint was a bad place to be (Merle Haggard)

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tctaylor79

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#3 posted 1074 days ago

Same as Nathan on the Tenons and my mortises are done with a mortise bit setup on the drill press.

-- Tim Taylor - GLT Woodworks

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Brandon

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#4 posted 1074 days ago

Tenons on the table saw or sometimes a router. Mortises by drilling holes and cleaning them up with a chisel. I dream about getting a mortising machine, though.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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pintodeluxe

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#5 posted 1074 days ago

Tenons with a dado blade on the tablesaw. Mortises on the benchtop mortiser.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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zindel

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#6 posted 1074 days ago

tctaylor do you have one of those drill press mortise attachments? I was thinking about getting one of those but i would hate to damage my drill press or waste my money. I just do what brandon does for now but I always look for ways to improve.

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.

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dbhost

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#7 posted 1074 days ago

I had been doing the drill holes / follow up with chisels thing on the mortises, but I recently got a mortising machine. I am cutting mortises in things that don’t need them now…

Tenons are done with a dado stack on the table saw. My saw has a sliding miter table and it makes cutting tenons a breeze…

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tbone

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#8 posted 1074 days ago

My tenons are done on the table saw AFTER I do the mortises with a plunge router and home made jigs. Up-cut spiral bits seem to be the charm for me. I’m a firm believer in the “sneak up on it” method of fitting the tenons to the mortises.

-- Kinky Friedman on gay marriage: "They should have the right to be just as miserable as the rest of us."

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mailee

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#9 posted 1074 days ago

I also use a tennon jig on the table saw for shorter lengths. for longer lengths I use a dado blade in my RAS. I use a dedicated mortice machine for the mortices.

-- www.alanwilley.co.uk

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Grandpa

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#10 posted 1074 days ago

I am with Nathan. There are some that hand cut everything but I let the machines do the work for me. I do the adjustments for the machines.

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MedicKen

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#11 posted 1074 days ago

Currently working on a maple workbench. Mortises were drilled out at the drill press with a forstner bit and then squared with hand tools. the tenons I have decided to cut but hand and fit with hand tools.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

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Uncle_Salty

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#12 posted 1074 days ago

Dedicated Mortiser.

I cut tenons several ways, depending on the size, speed needed, and degree of accuracy.

If I need pure speed and the size is small…i use the band saw. Works great, but not very accurate.

If I have medium size and need for speed, but I also need some level of accuracy, I used the miter gauge and dado head with a sacrifice fence on the table saw.

If I have a lot of tenons to do and they are the same size, and accuracy is critical, I break out the tenoning jig and set it up!

All three serve their purpose.

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Toolz

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#13 posted 1074 days ago

Loose tenons milled on router table mortises made on horizontal router table.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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Beginningwoodworker

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#14 posted 1074 days ago

I use my Benchtop Mortiser for making the mortises, and my Unisaw for making the tenons.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Loren

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#15 posted 1074 days ago

The mortising is the easy part. Well, not really, but with a mortising
machine the sweat factor is vastly reduced. I hate mortising with
a router: noisy, messy and you have to make an elaborate jig or
keep laser-beam focus to make the cut turn out well.

cutting a lot of tenons efficiently is not so easy without a big shaper or
a tenoner, but you can approximate that by running two blades on a
table saw. My saw is a slider and not designed for double-blade cuts
at all.

The important thing, for consistency from part to part, is to cut the
tenons referencing from one face, not by flipping the boards and
cutting from each face, which leads to all sorts of inconsistency.

When I work up the creative energy to do it, I’m going to build a
panto-router a-la Woodgears.ca for cutting tenons.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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