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I am pretty new to the woodworking world. I just built a work bench and then my first project was to build a stool to go along with it. It turned out pretty good and I am pretty happy with it but it was my first time doing M&T joints. I made one by hand and then when I had it perfect, I used it to run my router base around cutting out an oval that I could later use as a template for more tenons. This worked pretty good except that is when I discovered that routers were not perfectly centered. I ordered something that will help here but I was wondering if anyone has written down any plans on building a good M&T jig that is adjustable and can be used on angled tenons. I have seen plenty of products that you can buy but I kinda want to do this myself. I have some ideas but i thought it might be nice to see what others have done. Please let me know if you have any plans for a jig that you would be willing to share.

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A search on this site will likely bring up more reading about mortise and tenon joinery than you can read. Floating tenon joinery is the easiest to do. You make mortises in both mating pieces of your work and then tenon stock that you cut to length as needed. Mortise Pal is a good tool if you want to purchase, but there are many jigs that you can make yourself. If you are absolutely convinced that you want true mortices and tenons, look at the Leigh FMT jigs. They will help you use a router to cut the mortises as well as the mating tenons using the same setup, but they're expensive.

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A search on this site will likely bring up more reading about mortise and tenon joinery than you can read. Floating tenon joinery is the easiest to do. You make mortises in both mating pieces of your work and then tenon stock that you cut to length as needed. Mortise Pal is a good tool if you want to purchase, but there are many jigs that you can make yourself. If you are absolutely convinced that you want true mortices and tenons, look at the Leigh FMT jigs. They will help you use a router to cut the mortises as well as the mating tenons using the same setup, but they're expensive.

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Thanks for the response. I am struggling with some of the philosophy of this whole thing. I have thought about the loose tenon idea but I am determined to master M&Ts. Perhaps one day that will change. I have also looked at the FMT jigs and they are exactly what I need but I feel like if I make the jig myself, it is less like cheating. I don't understand why I feel that way but that is the internal struggle I face. Thanks for the input. I will do some more searching here and see what I can find.
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Hi Joseph

You just need a jig like below,someone has posted a one make out of wood,I don't recall who it was but it was copy of the one below..easy one to make out of wood..it will do both type fixed and lose types and angels..all in one jig...

http://www.routerforums.com/show-n-t...h-m-t-jig.html

http://www.rockler.com/tech/RTD10000037AB.pdf
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Thanks for the response. I am struggling with some of the philosophy of this whole thing. I have thought about the loose tenon idea but I am determined to master M&Ts. Perhaps one day that will change. I have also looked at the FMT jigs and they are exactly what I need but I feel like if I make the jig myself, it is less like cheating. I don't understand why I feel that way but that is the internal struggle I face. Thanks for the input. I will do some more searching here and see what I can find.


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