For use with table saw

Clamping area

Five wood screws in a cross pattern can be withdrawn to adjust the jig to fit a taller or shorter fence

Distance equals height of saw fence

Clamping area

Distance equals height of saw fence

Horizontal member

Bottom of horizontal member rides on saw fence

IMake the cheek cuts first (paraiiei to the wood grain). Ciamp the workpiece to the jfg so It's snug against the face of the vertical support and the front edge of the horizontal support, resting flat on the saw table. Set the saw fence so the distance to the opposite face of the Made equals the amount of waste being removed, and raise the biade to equai the depth of the tenon. Rest the jig on the fence and feed the workpiece through the biade to make the cut. Fiip the workpiece, reciamp, and make the cheek cut on the other face (for centered tenons). Aiways mate cuts on a test piece first, and check the dimensions for accuracy.

This shop-made tenoning jig rides on the saw fence, giving support to workplaces set on-end as they pass through the blade. The vertical member extends down to (he saw table and serves to square the workpiece to the blade and to andfe support it from ihe rear. It's very important that the distance from the bottom of the horizontal member to the bottom of the vertical member be exactly the same as the height of your table saw fence.

Horizontal member

Bottom of horizontal member rides on saw fence

Workpiece or test piece

Clamping block

2 For notched tenons that don't ran the full width of the workpiece, make additional cheek cuts on the short edges of the workpiece. Ciamp the workpiece at a right angie to the jig, with the edge fiat against the horizontal member and the face of the workpiece pressed against the front edge of the vertical member. Reset the saw fence if the amount of waste being removed is different than with the first cheek cuts. Make sure that everything is heid securely in place, and guide the jig and workpiece through the biade. Flip and reciamp the workpiece to cut the other short cheek.

3 Make the shoulder cuts (across the grain of the workpiece) using a miter gauge as a guide. For stability, we attached an auxiliary wood fence to the miter gauge. Aiso ciamp a stop biock to the tabie saw fence for use as an alignment guide and to keep the workpiece from binding against the fence and aliows the waste to fall away freeiy rather than getting trapped between the fence. Adjust the fence so the workpiece, when butted against the biock, can siide forward on the miter gauge and meet the biade at the base of the tenon cheek. Raise the biade above the tabie high enough to cut the shouiders without scoring the tenon. Cut the shouiders on each face, then reset the biade height If necessary, and cut shouiders on the ends of the tenon.

Auxiliary miter gauge fence

Workpiece or test piece

Pinning mortise-and-tenon joints

Mortise-and-tenon joints are inherently strong, but for a little extra reinforcement they ean be pinned with through dowels, A pinned mortise-and-tenon johit is ideal for high-stress joints, like those found where vertical and horizontal furniture members are joined.

There are two basic methods for constructing a pinned (sometimes called pegged) mortise-and-tenon joint. One is to bore a hole through the tenon and another through the mortise before the joint is assembled, If you offset these holes slightly, the joint will be drawn together tightly when the dowel is driven through it, A more common method is simply to drill a dowel hole through the joint after it is glued and assembled, as shown here. This type of pinning doesn't contribute greatly to the strength of the joint, but it does provide a valuable back-up in the event that the glue joint fails.

The exposed ends of dowels provide a nice decorative detail, especially when they're oriented so the grain runs in the opposite direction of the board the dowel is set into.

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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