|Forum topic by RonGoldberg||posted 01-24-2015 05:00 PM||1057 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
01-24-2015 05:00 PM
I have a bench top mortise, dado set, table saw, router, etc. For some reason, I always find myself using a plunge router with a jig to make mortise. I used to square the edges of mortise with mortising chisels and create the matching tennons on table saw with stacked dado set. Great.
However, lately, I have gravitated to making the mortises with my plunge router and leaving the edges round and cutting slip tennons. What I like about this method is that the tennons can be adjusted (filed, chiseled, sanded, etc) to help line up perfectly the matching mortises. Glue fills in any gap between the tennon and mortise walls.
So, here is my question and don’t laugh. Am I cheating? Is there a downside to this method. I seems that each tennon ends up being trimmed a little bit for the perfect fit. This really helps in keeping everything align at the correct angle. Oh, and yes, I realize that the Domino (Festool) is screaming at me to purchase it. Wife said NO WAY. I am not a professional furniture maker otherwise I would have purchased the Domino when it came out.
Please just comment on the slip/loose tennon part. Thanks everyone.
Ron in McLean, Virginia