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#1 posted 11-11-2018 03:18 PM

I would start with hand tools. For the tenons a marking gauge and a fairly fine tooth back saw will get you there. You don’t have to buy a really expensive saw. You may want one later, but you can start much more modestly.

For the mortise, bench chisels will work fine. Mortising chisels are nice. You can remove the bulk of the waste with a router, or with a drill (hand works, drill press is better, a bit and bit and brace works too.)

There are tons of videos on YouTube showing different methods.

The jigs can be great if you are doing a lot of mortises. I’m not convinced they are a tremendous time saver for a just a few. If you want to go the machine assisted route (more expensive) another option besides a jig is a hollow chisel mortising machine. I’d just avoid the attachments for a drill press, they don’t work terribly well.

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