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VIDEO REPLAY: Tenon Shootout: Hand vs. Power Tools

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Watch the recorded video from our live online event where two experts faced off to find the best way to cut a tenon: hand tools or the tablesaw/dado-set method. This was recorded live on Jan. 21.

Hand tools? Associate editor Matt Kenney advocates the hand-tool-only technique. He says that cutting tenons doesn't take much longer by hand than it does to stack a dado cutter at the tablesaw.

Power tools? Art director Michael Pekovich, however, disagrees, saying that cutting tenons at the tablesaw with a dado blade is the best way.

So Pekovich challenged Kenney to a showdown.

The pair battled it out for an article for our January/February issue (FWW #210) and then they did a live rematch in front of our cameras and a studio audience Jan. 21. See photos of the event taken by a studio audience member here.

This showdown was our second live event. We broadcast a surface-prep battle in November where Pekovich faced off against magazine editor Asa Christiana and clobbered him in a different hand-versus-power-tool battle. Watch the recap of that show here.

More on tenon cutting

Poll: How do you cut tenons?
Poll: What do you value in woodworking? Speed or the joy of the process?
Tenon Shootout: The original article
Tenoning Strategies: 6 ways to cut a tenon
Video: Make Your Own Tenoning Jig (Tablesaw Method)
Video: Tenoning Jig for the Sophisticate (Router Method) Membership Required
Tool Review: Commercial Tenoning Jig
Horizontal Router Table
Double-Blade Tablesaw Tenoning
• Tablesaw tenoning jigs: by Larry Humes, Joe MooreMembership Required, Harrie Burnell Membership Required, Mac CambellMembership Required



Credits: Producer: Gina Eide; Technical director: Dariusz Kanarek; Cameras: Ed Pirnik, John Ross; Marketing: Missy Robinson, Online chat moderator: Matt Berger; Production assistant: Steve Scott; Advertising: Linda Abbett, Megan Kolakowski; Shop manager: Robert Nash; Video editors: Gary Junken, Mike Dobsevage; Graphics: Michael Amaditz.

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