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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    We now divide our time between southwest Florida and southwest Vermont.

    Loose tenons

    I just ordered the Mortise Pal and a Milwaukee 5615 plunge router to use with it. I recall some discussion of making loose tenon stock in advance and cutting pieces as needed. I assume you rip rectangular pieces with a cross section that reflects the length and width of the mortise, and trim the edges round on the router table. Is there a better or easier way?

    Last edited by Tony Maio; 05-03-2009 at 08:46 PM.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Stafford, VA
    I don't have an answer for you as I've never done it, but I am interested to know how you like the Mortise Pal once you've worked with it awhile.


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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    falcon heights, minnesota
    i've always made my tenons right along with the mortises. but then again, i've never used a loose tenon. i figure thats why god made biscuit joiners...
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Floydada, Tx
    either round over the tennons or square up the mortise. The end do not have to be perfect, as long as the main part is tigth.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    I mill 2 - 3 foot stock to thickness and then rip to width on the tablesaw. I then round the four long edges with the appropriate radius bit in the router table. I keep a bunch of prepared 'sticks' with the size written on the end in felt pen where I store my dowels. I cut them to length when needed.
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