Tenons on Dowels with jointer

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07-17-2008 12:55 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tenon dowel chair rung jointer milling

I have a side line of repairing and re-caning chairs. Occasionally I have to replace broken rungs on the these chairs. I normally will use a dowel of the correct size and species and I use my jointer to cut the tenon on the dowels. I thought I would share this method for those folks that repair or build chairs and would like a quick, easy method for making rungs, etc.

First chose your dowel and mark the tenon on it, using a marking gauge or knife. This is mainly to prevent tear out when cutting the tenon.

Next Remove the blade guard and set the fence on your jointer to match, measuring from the end of the blade to the fence.

Clamp a guide block onto the infeed table of the jointer. I line my block up with the edge of the table at the blades.

Set the table for a light cut, turn on the jointer and feed the dowel into the blades, twisting the dowel as you advance the dowel toward the fence. Twist the dowel in a clock wise direction (against the rotation of the blades) Keep the dowel pressed firmly against the table and the guide block. Increase the depth of the infeed table slightly after each cut, until the tenon is the diameter you need.

This method is a quick way to get repetitive cuts on matching pieces for your project.

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#1 posted 07-17-2008 01:29 AM

Great stuff. I would have never considered a jointer for round tenons. Terribly ingenious of you.

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#2 posted 07-17-2008 01:49 AM

Another clever idea from a ‘jock. Very nice of you to share. Keep them coming please.

-- "Real jocks do it on a bench"

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#3 posted 07-17-2008 01:57 AM

Nice idea. I have a couple of chairs that need this type of repair so I may try this.

Thanks for the post.

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#4 posted 07-17-2008 04:49 AM


Have seen this done on the router table but it takes more work to set up.

Thanks for the tip!


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#5 posted 07-17-2008 05:32 AM

Very nice tip, would not of considered th jointer as the go to tool for this.

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#6 posted 07-17-2008 10:00 AM

A good tip Tim, thanks

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#7 posted 07-17-2008 12:13 PM

very good tip. thanks.

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#8 posted 07-17-2008 01:56 PM

Hi Tim;

This is a great tip!

Send to a magazine and win a tool!

They all give tool prizes for the best tip.


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#9 posted 07-17-2008 02:18 PM

Great tip. Finally, a use for the rabbeting feature on a jointer.


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#10 posted 07-17-2008 06:28 PM


Thank you.

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#11 posted 07-19-2008 02:03 AM

Thanks for that. I have two chairs waiting to get repaired.

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#12 posted 07-19-2008 02:40 AM

this works great. I also use my jointer for rabbets and other fun stuff. It is a universal tool.

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#13 posted 07-19-2008 02:42 AM

Tim, thanks for the tip. I know this is one I am going to remember to use.

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