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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-06-2012, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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I would like to get information on making router mortise and tenon joints, using templates.
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Welcome to the forum Clint. In order to answer your question it really is necessary for us to know something about you like your level of woodworking expertise and what tools your have available. All these details can be added to your public profile. Regarding your question, I intend this evening (our time) to post a thread showing what must be the simplest jig ever for routing dowel holes and mortice's for use with loose tenons.


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Thanks for starting the thread, Clint. I'm in the middle of a project with mortises (~70-75) so I'll be lurking around. ... Looking forward to the presentation, Harry.

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Clint it depends on how many you will be making and what size. The fastest way to make the tenon is with a bandsaw or table saw. It is important to make the tenon after you have made the mortise this way you will be sure that it fits. If you are only making a few then simply use a plunge router with either an edge guide or a template that a bushing will sit in. If you need to make a lot of them then it might pay to invest time in making a jig or even buying a mortiser. There are easier options that you might be able to use in joining wood such as a dowel jig or a pocket hole jig. The pocket hole would be my first choice.
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The tenon is easyto make with a router table or table saw. You may consider making the mortice the old fashon way by transfering the outline of the tenon to where you want the mortise. Drill a bunch of holes with a brad point or forsner bit to the depth of the tenon. Clean up the mortise with a very sharp chisel. After a few times it is fast and accurate, and a whole lot safer than that crazy mor ten thing that Porter Cable used to sell. Or you could us a biscut joiner. Dave
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