The Simplest Tenon Jig

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Project by Bricofleur posted 05-16-2017 12:01 PM 2950 views 10 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You don’t need a complex jig to make a simple task. I’ve come up with a jig that requires only three pieces. It works in conjunction with a crosscut sled (photo #2) or a miter gauge outfitted with an auxiliary fence (photo #6). My shown homemade micro-setting jig is a plus to fine tune the thickness of your tenons.

The last photo (#6) shows the tenon jig as well as the micro-setting jig secured to my $1 homemade improved miter gauge previously posted here on LJ.

For more construction details and photos, please check this page of my blog.

Hope it can be useful. Thanks for looking.


-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#1 posted 05-16-2017 12:51 PM

Thanks, Serge. You’re right. It doesn’t have to be complicated. I’m going to copy your simple, elegant design and add it to my jig arsenal. I will give you credit.

Thanks for posting.

-- Bill...Richmond Hill, GA--"83% of all statistics are made up."

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#2 posted 05-16-2017 01:08 PM

I added it to my favorites.

-- I always knew gun nuts where afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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#3 posted 05-16-2017 01:56 PM

Simple is the way to go Serge and you did it .


-- Kiefer

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#4 posted 05-16-2017 03:57 PM

Hello Serge

Simple, simple and very very useful !!

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#5 posted 05-16-2017 04:11 PM

Yup! the KISS rule usually works best! But when I picked up my tablesaw it came with a mortise and tenon jig (Delta)
that sat in a corner a few years before I decide to actually try it, now I use quite often because of how easy it is to set up and repeat cut after cut perfectly.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#6 posted 05-16-2017 05:02 PM

Less can be plenty. ;-)
Best thoughts,

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

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#7 posted 05-16-2017 05:11 PM

Another great jig. Thanks for sharing.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#8 posted 05-16-2017 06:33 PM

Simplicity at its best Serge…. kudos my friend !!!!!!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#9 posted 05-16-2017 06:56 PM

It’s always interesting to see your jigs and challenge to duplicate.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 05-16-2017 09:01 PM

Very nice simple jig.


-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#11 posted 05-16-2017 09:49 PM

Great job on this jig! Simple is better!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#12 posted 05-17-2017 12:58 AM

Very cool. More simple than mine. lol

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#13 posted 05-17-2017 03:27 AM

Good idea. Probably alot easier to drag around verses the Cast Iron ones many of us have.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#14 posted 05-17-2017 12:39 PM

That is certainly a simple jig to make tennons with when used with a suitable sled or miter gage. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#15 posted 05-17-2017 01:12 PM

Thank you all for stopping by and leaving such encouraging comments.

@Woodchuck2010 : I’d see and would like your design for a 45° angle crosscut sled though, moving all movable parts to the opposite slope side, something I have in mind to design and build one day. I’m keeping picture of yours for inspiration.


-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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