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10-05-2011 07:04 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tenons tips tricks

what are your tips/tricks and strategies re: tenons

(also add links to helpful blogs etc that are related to the topic)
 

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#1 posted 10-05-2011 07:05 PM

here’s a good LumberJocks discussion re: fixed vs loose tenons

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#2 posted 10-05-2011 07:06 PM

Definitely looking forward to seeing these tips. I recently got a tenoning jig and am craving a benchtop mortiser

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#3 posted 10-05-2011 07:28 PM

Sometimes I use a really cheap tenon jig on the table saw.
Other times I use a dado blade to cross cut the cheeks.
Then, other times, I use a router in a table.
Depends on the sizes and my moods.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#4 posted 10-05-2011 08:24 PM

Ms Debbie, Ever since I made the screen door last year, I have been working on my M&T’s.
I recently purchased this book and it is taking up a lot of my time now making Mr. Chan’s jigs and practicing with them.

Although I have never reviewed a book other than a book report in school Oh so many years ago, I plan on doing a review when I have tried just about every thing in it.

As for fixed or loose tenons, at this time I prefer the loose tenons. With my woodworking skills at the bottom of the totem pole, I find them very strong and much faster and easier at my skill level.

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superstretch

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#5 posted 10-05-2011 08:44 PM

I see Rockler has a new M+T jig.. I’d be interested in seeing some reviews on it

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=30836

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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Brit

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#6 posted 10-05-2011 09:39 PM

Personally, I love to cut them by hand. I think that most of the time it is quicker unless you have a huge amount to do. Easy and accurate with a 2nd class saw cut on the tenon faces and 1st class saw cut for the shoulders. Cut to your scribe lines and undercut the shoulders slightly with a paring chisel and it will slide right into the mortise. No noise, just the satisfaction of a job well done.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#7 posted 10-05-2011 10:40 PM

Im with Brit, i cut em by hand and trim them up with a shoulder plane for fine tuning. I think its quite a bit quicker than setting up a dado blade on the table saw, unless you have a ton of them to do. I use a disston back saw 14 TPI.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#8 posted 10-05-2011 11:20 PM

Tenons are a tricky bit of work for me. Thus far, I have used a router technique for cutting tenons, that my old high school shop teacher taught us many moons ago. Set your bit depth, place the work piece with a guide on your router mat, and nibble away from the inside out until the cut is done, then flip over, the ends usually get done by hand with a Japanese pull saw…

I’m honestly looking for a better method…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#9 posted 10-05-2011 11:44 PM

I like the loose tenon system.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 10-06-2011 12:08 AM

I like loose tenons but I like to cut solid tenons on a table saw but probably differently than most. If I have a board that is a 3/4” thick, I set the blade height to about 1/8”. then I set my fence the depth of the tenon. I slide the tenon crosscut manner several time then freehand use the blade like a router bit to take out the fins of wood. Sliding back and forth will smooth the tenon out. I do this on all four sides. It makes a fairly clean tenon that is identical on all sides. A chisel or a little sand paper cleans up the saw marks.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#11 posted 10-10-2011 11:59 AM

http://youtu.be/V9JV4qddMNA

here is the answer I presented at our local Woodshow early September demonstrating not only the tenons but bridle joints off-set tenons tenons on a mitre and many more even finger joints and dovetails all done on the same Super Jig I have designed.
I madea statement some years ago when doing my presentations that I would never cut a tenon again and use only ‘Loose tenons’ Well I had to change my mind especially when I could produce the tenon with only one setting -up of the material all in ‘Ten Seconds’ even to rounding over the tenons raedy to fit into the mortice I produced with the router.

-- Getting more from my router with the aid of Template Guides Selection of Projects listed on You -Tube "Routing with Tom O'Donnell"

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TemplateTom

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#12 posted 12-15-2011 12:55 AM

Just as a matter of interest the Jig is capable of producing a number of woodworking joints if you have a look at the other posts on you tube you will see that it is suitable for producing Finger joints and also dovetail even a dovetail or a tenon on the mitre. All made with the same jig that I made from material in the workshop (Shed)

-- Getting more from my router with the aid of Template Guides Selection of Projects listed on You -Tube "Routing with Tom O'Donnell"

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#13 posted 12-15-2011 03:01 AM

Someone posted a video here a few weeks ago “speed tenons”, I only got to give it a go this week, I am converted. Worked like a charm. Use the router for anything wider than 6” running it on a zero clearance jig.

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