Cutting multiple tenons in one pass...with skis
This has undoubtedly been done before, however thought I'd post it with a few pics, just in case someone else wants to use the same method.
I needed to cut 12 identical tenons, and rather than creating a jig, or building a horizontal router table, I decided to use my recently converted (from springs and lock collars to threaded) skis.
The photos tell the story pretty well, however feel free to ask questions. The tenons turned out very well too. Things to watch if repeating this method:
(i) that the stock (all of them, particularly the middle ones) are held firmly pressed down on the table - otherwise you won't get consistent depth of cut.
(ii) that the ski cheeks are both anchored (I clamped them to the rails of my cam board) otherwise you won't get square cuts.
(iii) that you have sacrificial wood outside of the two bits of stock on the outside edges - to prevent tear out.
Last edited by matt1710; 04-27-2011 at 06:12 PM.