Wedged through tenons.

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Forum topic by lateralus819 posted 11-26-2014 10:53 AM 1459 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-26-2014 10:53 AM

I’m making a piece with Wedged through tenons. Anyone have any tips on angling the sides of the mortise and making a perfect wedge?

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#1 posted 11-26-2014 03:02 PM

This video from Fine Woodworking should be able to help you: Cutting a wedged mortise

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#2 posted 11-26-2014 03:21 PM

Great link, Thanks for sharing, Paul!

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#3 posted 12-04-2014 01:58 AM

You don’t really have to angle the mortise, as long as you have a lot of long grain glue surface even a wedge in a straight through tenon is there for your lifetime then many more.

If it is a big tenon, big mortise, you have to think about being able to split that stock- ie, you have to consider doing multiple wedges.

Build a bandsaw jig that cuts width wise on you desired angle, flip the stock over after every cut and get tons of perfect wedges every cut.

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#4 posted 12-04-2014 02:29 AM

I think I just used a package of shims to wedge the tenons on a door build awhile back

and ran a dowel pin through the tenon.

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#5 posted 12-04-2014 02:44 AM

Thanks guys.

I actually found a video to actually CALCULATE the needed angle and such for the mortise/wedge.

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#6 posted 12-05-2014 01:58 AM

This was my first shot at a wedged mortise and tenon.

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