Mortise and Tenon Joinery

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Blog entry by AA posted 04-12-2010 05:28 AM 1792 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch


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#1 posted 04-12-2010 02:52 PM

How are you cutting your mortises?

I am gearing up for doing my first mortise & tenon joints. I decided to buy a tenoning jig for my TS, and to make a mortising jig, which I started this weekend. Mine is a bit more simple than this one:

-- Greg D.

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#2 posted 04-12-2010 03:06 PM

Try this video, great tips for your project.

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

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#3 posted 04-13-2010 04:24 AM

GregD – I tried the test ones entirely by hand and chisel. That took a while. The ones for the table, I hogged out most of the material at the drill press with a forstner bit and then cleaned it up with my chisels. As for tenoning, I’ve just been using the table saw and cutting the shoulders, followed by buzzing off the remainder of the stock. Next time I’ll use a dado set, since cleaning up the kerf marks took more time than setting up the dado stack would have! The link you posted seems like a great shop built jig for this purpose. How do you like using it?

UnionLabel – thanks for that link – that’s one sweet setup. When I get some spare cash, I may have to invest in something like that. These were at a price point I can enjoy… free!

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#4 posted 04-14-2010 02:25 PM

agartzke – I considered trying mortises by hand and chisel after hogging out at the drill press but thought it would take a fair bit of practice before I was happy with them. It seems you did that experiment and got that result. Tenons on the TS with a dado stack should work just find I would think, provided the blade height doesn’t drift. I’m still finishing up my mortising jig so I haven’t cut anything with it yet, but I’ll let you know how it works. Hopefully this weekend. I went real cheap on my jig – 3/4 mdf – and it went together very easily with glue and screws. The top and front face weren’t exactly perpendicular, but 3 layers of scotch tape on the underside of the top along one edge shimmed things into perfect alignment. I’m sticking with the cheap strategy until I see how well it works and how often I use it.

-- Greg D.

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