Table Saw Tenon Jig

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Project by Blake posted 12-03-2007 11:56 PM 25534 views 27 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a fancy Delta fully adjustable table saw tenon jig… I never use it. I like mine a lot better. It is so much easier to use.

This simple jig slides over my table saw fence. So adjusting it from side to side is as easy and accurate as moving my fence. I simply screw on a new vertical “fence” (the part that backs up your workpiece) for each project and then I never have tearout. I can also put the vertical fence at any angle I need.

I can use this jig for all sorts of things besides just tenons. I can clamp small panels to it for shaping box tops, or I can attach pieces too small to safely hold by hand. I can even turn it around and put it on the other side fence and use it backwards for cutting bevels if I need to.

The handle is made from an old handsaw. We get old hands saws in our tool store all the time and the saw itself is not worth saving. I like using the handles for jigs.

The inside of the channel (that rides on the table saw fence) has one side covered in felt. This snugs it up to make a perfect fit and helps it slide.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 12-04-2007 12:41 AM

Blake -

Well someone has been busy! Just starting on your three new postings.

I like this jig . . . very simple and functional. Great use for an old handsaw handle!


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#2 posted 12-04-2007 01:35 AM

i love the use of the old handles..great idea…nice jig…your getting so good you must love Irish Music!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#3 posted 12-04-2007 01:43 AM

Yes great jig for tenons. I’ve been cutting the tenons on the bandsaw after I cut the shoulders on the table saw. I might try that using the slot on the bandsaw table to hold the wood into the blade.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 12-04-2007 05:14 AM

I like the felt idea to ensure a snug fit and cut down on friction. Very good tip!

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#5 posted 12-04-2007 06:16 AM

Great idea Blake. Thanks for sharing.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#6 posted 12-04-2007 03:00 PM

Blake, I don’t have time to comment on all your activity the last 2 days. It all looks really great. I used a similar jig to cut tenons for years but now I can’t use one because I have mounting brackets for my Board Buddies on top of the rip fence. Mine didn’t have the nifty handle or the felt, which is a good idea by the way.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#7 posted 01-30-2010 01:06 AM

nice tenoning jig… looks like an old handle from a regular saw…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#8 posted 01-30-2010 01:17 AM

nice jig , blake .

quick , simple , adaptable !

great .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 01-30-2010 05:35 AM

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#10 posted 12-31-2011 04:38 PM

yeah, Blake or anyone else I want to make one of those Tenon jigs. Do you know the exact name or desscription of that clamp?

-- Benny, Ma.

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#11 posted 12-31-2011 05:50 PM

You can get them at any woodworking store such as rockler or woodcraft under “jigs.”

-- Happy woodworking!

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#12 posted 01-08-2012 01:23 PM

Nice idea, especially the replaceable sacrificial backing that eliminates tearout.

Comment to Thos.Angle, I too have the Board Buddies on the track-guide mounted to a 2”-thick slab bolted to the back of the fence…I am imagining taking the roller-&-spring parts off, and using the track itself as a guide for a tenoning jig? I am not saying it is what I did , just as a possible work-around.

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#13 posted 01-08-2012 02:59 PM

Blake, that’s a very nice jig; it’s nice looking too.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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