I'm pretty new to woodworking in general, and I love the idea that I can do so much with a router that it became the second power tool I aquired, after a miter chop saw.
I have a few projects I want to build that I found in a book, the first being a bed. The book presumes that you know a few techniques already, one of which is making mortises and tenons. The mortises they show are easily made with a router and a spiral cutting bit (giving the mortise rounded corners).
The part I'm not sure about is how they made the tenons. Obviously, the long sides can be made with a straight bit and multiple passes, that's not the problem. What I'm not certain about is how they get the rounded ends on the tenon, and how to make them match the radias of the mortise.
I thought that one could make a jig and a guide bushing to achieve what I needed. The problem though is that one a long piece of material, one would have to make it while the piece was horizonal, meaning routing on the side which I question how safe that would be.
I looked at one setup
and found it was prohibitively expensive for a hobbyist, so I'm looking to see how others have tackled this technique.
There seems to be a easy way out
, but I'm not sure how well it will work on something I want to last at least 25+ years.
Thanks for any ideas!