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Forum topic by lateralus819 posted 01-11-2014 06:33 PM 1164 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-11-2014 06:33 PM

Hello all, was curious how you guys make your tenons? Typically I use a router, but since I have a nice cabinet saw, I made a jig to slide over my fence. Works good except when stock isn’t flat.

How are the Tenoning jigs?

Also in need of a decent saw to cut shoulders. I was foolish to think an Irwin flush cut saw could cut straight.

Lastly I have a miller’s falls #85 Rabbet plane while it’s okay, when retracting the blade the cap loosens. What’s a decent shoulder/Rabbet plane.

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#1 posted 01-11-2014 06:58 PM

If they’re small I cut them by hand. If they’re big I just do them on the tablesaw. I’ve got a Delta tenoning jig that works pretty good.
If you separate your search, I like the Stanley 92 as a shoulder plane and rabbet planes are a dime a dozen – just choose metal or wood and you should find something you like.

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#2 posted 01-11-2014 07:19 PM

Same here. Small tenons I cut by hand, larger I cut on the table saw. I’ve even cut large tenons on the bandsaw, which works well with the right setup.

I don’t use a tenoning jig, just a dado stack with a miter gauge.

You definitely want a good crosscut backsaw to cut shoulders, as you learned :) For shoulder planes, I’m partial to Veritas tools but there are other good options. Good luck!

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#3 posted 01-11-2014 07:21 PM

I usually cut them w/ a dado on the table saw. Lately though I have been experimenting w/ cutting the shoulders by hand w/ a Japanese saw and then cutting the cheeks w/ my bandsaw. The jury is still out on which method I like better.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#4 posted 01-11-2014 07:35 PM

I still prefer to cut all of my tendons by hand, even the big ones:

I used a Simonds mitre saw to do most of the rip cuts and a no name back saw for the cross cuts. Where possible a LN shoulder plane was used.
I’ll admit to working very slowly so my method may not work for every one. In the past i’ve used both the table saw as well as the band saw with acceptable results.

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#5 posted 01-11-2014 08:06 PM

I typically use a tablesaw and dado blade for large tenons. For short stub tenons, I may use my box joint blade set. I have used either a bandsaw or a tenoning jig to finish the cuts (depend on how long the stock is since I am limited by my 8 ft ceiling. I still occasionally hand cut them using a Japanese razor saw. For clean up, I use either a low angle block plane or an old Stanley 92 or 93 shoulder plane.

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#6 posted 01-11-2014 09:44 PM

When I cut tenons, they are cut on the table saw with a simple jig made from same thickness off cut. A set up piece or two is a must. I go for a fit right off the saw. Make relief cuts, final tenon size is a trim cut. My fence is 122mm or 4 3/4 high, very stable. Riving knife removed to make pocket cuts.

Usually I slot mortise everything

A slot mortiser leaves a hollow chisel for dead. It will do both edges of chair legs, segmented polygons and single / double stop horizontal boring. I use it to make the pegbox on my basses as well.

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