Mortise and Tenon Jig

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Blog entry by Armand posted 04-24-2011 04:01 PM 22253 reads 27 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the newest addition in my shop. I realized it was necessesary to build this one for my upcoming projects that will require a lot of M/T joineries.

Please watch my video at youtube to see how it works. Hope you find my jig interesting. Thanks

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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John Ormsby

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#1 posted 04-24-2011 04:16 PM

Very well done Armand,

You might try using a 1/2” shank carbide spiral router bit. I use them in my Multi Router and they are much quicker, accurate, and safer to use.

Nice job on the construction and use of materials. It is a very useful jig and will save you a lot of time.

Complete fences and clamping is a must for accuracy and safety with these types of jigs.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#2 posted 04-24-2011 04:21 PM

thanks John i will follow your suggestion to use 1/2” and that will also means a bigger router is necessary. The one i use here is only a trimmer. Spiral up cut router bit is not available here in the Philippines I might try ebay.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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#3 posted 04-24-2011 04:29 PM

Very Clever design.

Nice & simple


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 04-24-2011 04:39 PM

Hey Armand
These type of Jigs are really a big help making Mortise and tenons. Here’s a jig I made a long time ago.

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#5 posted 04-24-2011 06:40 PM

Very nice design Armand.

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#6 posted 04-24-2011 07:27 PM

very cool little jig.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#7 posted 04-24-2011 07:31 PM

Well done Armand. Clever. Nice projects too. I especially like your boxes.

-- Walt, Atlanta....Michigan

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#8 posted 04-24-2011 09:50 PM

Nice simple design, I like it. Although your climb cuts in the video had me gritting my teeth with as much material as you were taking out. You might consider sticking with conventional cuts when you are removing that much. :)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#9 posted 04-24-2011 09:56 PM

Really nice, I love your inovative way.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#10 posted 04-25-2011 02:19 PM

Brilliant. Just curious, I noticed that the mounting of the router slides on a rail. How did you make it possible to withdraw or slide the router away from the work piece while maintaining the 90 degree angle?

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#11 posted 04-25-2011 03:15 PM

Armand, really cool idea. Like it alot.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#12 posted 04-25-2011 04:51 PM

Ed, there are 3 axes on this jig. The vertical threaded rod controls the x-axis, the rail which the router sits on is the y-axis, and beneath that is another rail for the depth of the cut the, z-axis. Its a manual CNC router machine.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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#13 posted 04-25-2011 07:34 PM

Cool mortising jig. I need to build one someday. It’s good to see projects from other countries.

-- Julian

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#14 posted 04-26-2011 12:18 AM

Armand, for a while I thought it was a plunger type router and yet it doesn’t look like one. In any case that’s quite clever. It seems you have access to a machine shop. Some parts look like they have been specially fabricated.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#15 posted 04-26-2011 03:08 AM

ha ha…no Ed the whole jig is shopmade, all parts are locally available. The rail guide is a ball bearing type cabinet drawer guide while the threaded rod is available at “bolts and nuts” hardwares. If you feel the urge to build one I can bring my jig to your place in one weekend and we’ll both have fun in your shop. I live in Antipolo very near Marikina and I believe its only a few minutes drive to your place. I want to meet you and see some of your shopmade jigs too.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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