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    How to cut Tenons

    ok how do you cut your tenons for a mortice? jig or by hand with a bandsaw or hand saw, table saw? show us your method and tell us why yu choose this way.
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    I've got one of these and use it on the tablesaw.

    Smooth clean sides on the tenon, and works pretty easy.

    Relatively cheap, but you could always make your own. I've seen plans for homebuilt versions as well...


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    ok brent now how do you cut the shoulders? that makes some nice tenons but you need to cut the shoulders first right?
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    Table saw, I made a jig to fit on my fence.
    I'll take a picture later on.
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    Not going to tell ya.
    It would be considered by most to be unsafe.
    It could be worse You could be on fire.
    Stupid hurts.

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    Here's how I've done it.

    Set the depth of the blade to just as high as you want the sholders. Say you are using 3/4" thick lumber and you want a to have the tenon the same thickness as the two shoulders. So you want a 3/8" tenon and 3/16" shoulders.

    I use my tablesaw sled and set the height of the blade to 3/16" above the sled.

    I set a stop block on my sled for the width of the tenon, say 1.5".

    I then proceed to make the shoulder cut all the way around the piece. Do so for all similar pieces.

    I think setup the tenon jig to make the shoulder cuts.

    For the top and bottom, I take it to the bandsaw and trim off the litle pieces...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Thoits View Post
    Not going to tell ya.
    It would be considered by most to be unsafe.
    Chuck cuts his freehand with a chainsaw in one hand and the workpiece in the other...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    Chuck cuts his freehand with a chainsaw in one hand and the workpiece in the other...
    You have been watching me again
    It could be worse You could be on fire.
    Stupid hurts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    Chuck cuts his freehand with a chainsaw in one hand and the workpiece in the other...
    No silly a chain saw would be unsafe, he uses a hand saw
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    Here's how I've done it.

    Set the depth of the blade to just as high as you want the sholders. Say you are using 3/4" thick lumber and you want a to have the tenon the same thickness as the two shoulders. So you want a 3/8" tenon and 3/16" shoulders.

    I use my tablesaw sled and set the height of the blade to 3/16" above the sled.

    I set a stop block on my sled for the width of the tenon, say 1.5".

    I then proceed to make the shoulder cut all the way around the piece. Do so for all similar pieces.

    I think setup the tenon jig to make the shoulder cuts.

    For the top and bottom, I take it to the bandsaw and trim off the litle pieces...
    Thanks for the complete explanation brent!!!
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
    One hand washes the other!
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