LumberJocks

Cutting tennons

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by Mike posted 748 days ago 1087 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Mike's profile

Mike

60 posts in 796 days


748 days ago

Hi all, what’s your preferred method for cutting tenons? I know there are tenon jigs for table saws, you can make them on a band saw, probably a router table could be used, not to mention hand cutting/ chisel…I’m interested in knowing how people make them, what they prefer and why. I’m betting this discussion will uncover some cool modifications or adaptations, as well as be a learning base for people like me who are trying to master the good ole Mortise and Tenon joint.


12 replies so far

View Loren's profile

Loren

7173 posts in 2235 days


#1 posted 748 days ago

Open tenons/slip joint on the table saw.

Invisible tenons table saw for the shoulders, cheeks
on the band saw or table saw. Depends on the length
and weight of the board being tenoned.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

View oluf's profile

oluf

256 posts in 1626 days


#2 posted 748 days ago

Dado blade on the radial arm saw. Safe and true.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

View tenontim's profile

tenontim

2131 posts in 2331 days


#3 posted 748 days ago

Tenon jig on table saw or I have a home made horizontal mortiser, that also cuts tenons, that I use on long boards. When all else fails, I mark them out and use a Japanese tenon saw.

-- Tim

View madts's profile

madts

1223 posts in 927 days


#4 posted 748 days ago

Tenoning jig on tables.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

View gfadvm's profile

gfadvm

10438 posts in 1277 days


#5 posted 748 days ago

shop made tenoning jig on the tablesaw

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

View DonnyD's profile

DonnyD

49 posts in 761 days


#6 posted 748 days ago

tenon jig on table saw, rides the fence

View ShaneA's profile

ShaneA

5212 posts in 1185 days


#7 posted 748 days ago

As mentioned…length, width, depth and quantity have a factor into the method.. Just a few smallers ones I will nibble away at TS. More quantity small ones, a tennon jig. Long boards SCMS and band saw/hand saw combo. Mortises on benchtop mortising maching unless too big. Then forstner and chisels. Many ways to skin that cat.

View Cato's profile

Cato

641 posts in 1899 days


#8 posted 748 days ago

I don’t do a ton of mortise and tenon work, so I make mine on the router table and cut the mortises with a router as well.

A little quick work with a rasp and my shoulder plane and the square tenon will have its rounded shape for the mortise.

I may get a tenon jig for the TS one of these days if I continue with much furniture work, but for now the routers work very well for this.

View rockindavan's profile

rockindavan

283 posts in 1223 days


#9 posted 747 days ago

I use a slot mortiser for the mortises, then square them up. For the tenons I use the router table. I cut all the pieces to the exact length I need including the tenons. Then I use a marking gauge to mark out the shoulders. I cut all but 1/64 – 1/32” up to the shoulder. I fit it the thickness first then width. After it fits well I trim off the extra material using the marking gauge line as reference with chisels. Might sound like extra work, but it ends up perfectly square as long as the stock is square. I aways seem to end up with it not ending up perfect without using a marking gauge. The TS seems to have chipping and the router table and TS seem to end up with a corner or two slightly off.

View AKSteve's profile

AKSteve

433 posts in 890 days


#10 posted 745 days ago

I actually cut all of my Tenons by hand. they are really quite easy. I use a Japanese saw for a really fine cut. And for the Mortises, it just depends sometimes I will just chisel them, other times I will use a drill and then clean up with a chisel and rasp.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

View Sylvain's profile

Sylvain

536 posts in 1086 days


#11 posted 744 days ago

have a look at this :
http://paulsellers.com/2011/12/mortise-and-tenon-under-10-minutes/

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

View pintodeluxe's profile

pintodeluxe

3222 posts in 1400 days


#12 posted 744 days ago

I like a dado blade on the table saw. The reason for this—- you never have to stand a workpiece on end to pass it through the blade. With a dado blade, the workpiece is always flat on the tablesaw.
If you use a sacrificial fence and a wide dado set, you can make very clean cuts. Works great for through mortise and tenons.

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

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

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase