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Forum topic by jeffswildwood posted 11-18-2013 11:39 PM 1102 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-18-2013 11:39 PM

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I recently received an order for a project (to be posted at completion), that no way around it, required mortise and tenon joinery. In the past I would have used the kreg jig but this time I couldn’t have exposed holes. I tried thinking of any way to do this without using mortise and tenon, no way, and I have never done this joint before. I knew I was going to do this but but kept dancing around it. Afraid to try. Finally I set up my router and did a few practice runs. Not too good. I settled on cutting the mortise with router and the tenons on table saw. using 3/4 inch wood I set the saw to 1/4 inch cut and the fence at 1/2 inch. Using a standard blade I made a cut on all four sides then eased it over til I had a perfect 1/4 inch tenon 1/2 inch long. Used a 1/4 inch mortising bit by hand to square up the hole I had a perfect fit! One more test run that came out I dove into the project. I did it! Came out perfect. This was one of those times that i doubted my skills, and afraid to try something new. Now my confidence level is through the roof and I just had to share this. Thanks for reading.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#1 posted 11-06-2013 02:30 AM

awesome,congrats on your first m&t.i’m gonna try one somedat myself.can’t wait to see the project!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#2 posted 11-06-2013 02:42 AM

I too recently did my first M&T joint. I would not say they are perfect, but they are very nice. Congrats on yours.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#3 posted 11-06-2013 03:06 AM

Good for you! You never know until you try…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 11-06-2013 03:35 AM

I know that feeling Jeff, it’s a good one. Congratulations on your first mortise and tenon joints.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#5 posted 11-07-2013 12:20 AM

Thanks guys, my wife thought I lost it when she heard a loud woooohoooo. I won’t doubt my skills again!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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