Trestle Table #18: Through Mortises in Leg

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 10-20-2016 12:35 AM 912 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 17: Mortises and Tenons Part 18 of Trestle Table series Part 19: Multi-use RIP Fence JIG »

Today I trimmed the tenon shoulders on my table saw. I am glad I own an Incra 3000 HD miter gauge. I thought I had completed all of the shoulder trims, but while plunge routing the through mortises I discovered I had missed one of these shoulders.

I had taken the Incra miter gauge off my Saw Stop. No problem, though. Since I have extended the fence to cover the length of the legs, all of my settings to trim these shoulders were still there. All I had to do is remount the Incra miter gauge back on the table saw and reset the height of the blade to trim the last remaining shoulder.

And a view from the other side of the miter gauge.

This image shows all three L-fence jigs used to plunge route the mortises.

Now I know why Gary Rogowski had such a complex arrangement to clamp his L fence jig to plunge route his through mortises in his trestle legs. I decided to place two screws through my L fence jig and fasten it to my workbench table top. From this setup I clamped the legs and the MDF top of the L fence jig to my workbench. Now the jig was secure; it would not move while routing these through mortises.

-- --- Happy Howie

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