New Router jig for loose tenon joinery

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Project by DraftsmanRick posted 01-25-2011 05:12 AM 11728 views 39 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Its been awhile since i’ve posted but i still check out the great projects all the LJ’s are making and continue to enjoy the site. Im getting ready to start building some dressers for my boys. I made a tenoning jig a year or so ago, but it was out of mdf and the accuracy was fading. So i decided i needed to build a new one and after seeing tdv’s version, I decided to make my version. There are two 1/4” alum bars used. One you can see under the router sled, the other is perpendicular and underneath of the platform. So it has x and y axis movment. The stops do not hold down the router sled, the router sled is held on the table by a lap joint seen in the “fuzzy picture”. Sorry lol.. The rail with the stops has 5 screws in it, 2 happen to be covered by the stops. I’ve also thought about and will probably add a micro adjustment at the back so i can dial in tenons if i choose to route them on the ends of the work. The router sled slides very smoothy too. The hole is about 3” in diameter so i can see what im doing. Oh, the platform has a 1 3/4” adjustment from front to back. Sometimes i enjoy building the jigs as much as the projects produced on them.


-- Jesus was a carpenter

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#1 posted 01-25-2011 05:18 AM

very nice looking jig.

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

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#2 posted 01-25-2011 05:27 AM

That looks great! I bet it is fun cutting tenons with that jig. I couldn’t agree more when you said, “Sometimes i enjoy building the jigs as much as the projects produce on them.” I know exactly what you mean.

I love your signature as well. Great quote by a great man.

-- How valuable is time to a person who spends his disparaging the beliefs of others? --David Berthelette

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#3 posted 01-25-2011 05:47 AM

Thanks guys! Dave, its very fun to use, very accurate, and not to hard to make. I worked my version out on sketchup also. As far as the quote, yea, its a good one lol.. He had a great sense of humor not alot of people knew about. My mom took me to see him give a speech at the world congress center in down town Atlanta in 1981, i was only 11 and all i remember is everytime he said a few sentences everybody started clapping lol..

-- Jesus was a carpenter

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#4 posted 01-25-2011 08:37 AM

looks good…I may have to hit you up for a few more details and make one for myself.

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#5 posted 01-25-2011 11:27 AM

Great looking jig. I bet it does the job also.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#6 posted 01-25-2011 02:45 PM

Man, that’s a nice one. It appears well thought out and cleanly built. I built a similar one some time ago.
Thanks for sharing your jig with us.

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#7 posted 01-25-2011 04:56 PM

Any chance you could load your sketchup model?

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#8 posted 01-25-2011 07:09 PM

Great design, Well done.

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#9 posted 01-26-2011 01:16 AM

Looks good! I have a huge workbench in the works. This jig looks like it could help me out greatly.

-- getting lots of spam from this site.

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#10 posted 01-26-2011 05:01 AM

nice jig,,looks great

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#11 posted 09-11-2015 02:06 PM

Great design. Interesting features you put on it.

thanks for sharing

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