how to glue floating/loose tenons

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Forum topic by lance posted 03-24-2009 10:04 PM 1362 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-24-2009 10:04 PM

Topic tags/keywords: gluing floating tenons loose tenons joining

Hi Everyone,

Your help will be greatly appreciated.

My mortises are 2” x .5” and 1” deep, how much shorter than the 2 inches do I cut my Tenon and what surfaces do I apply glue to?

Thanks in advance and have a great day.


-- Bob Lance, DE

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#1 posted 03-24-2009 10:32 PM

Bob I’d make the tenons about 1/8 or so less that the combined depth of the mortises. make sure that you dry fit them so you know that they don’t hit anything in the bottom of the hole.

I’d use a glue brush and spread glue around the inside of the mortise.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 03-25-2009 03:19 PM


Karson’s got it…a 1/16” reservoir on each end of the tenon for glue is usually good. I usually give a light coat to the inside walls of the mortises and then spread any excess glue on the end of the tenon before I insert it. A little space at the ends of the tenon is not a bad thing here because the hydraulic pressure fromthe glue when trying to insert the tenon can be substantial if the fit is ultra-tight.

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