Angled Tenons on the Tablesaw
Sliding table crossfeed box and wedges ensure accuracy ease and repeatability
Synopsis: William Krase made a crossfeed box and some purpose-made wedges to use with a sliding table to simplify angled and compound-angled tenons. The wedges establish the tenon angle, while the crossfeed box positions the workpiece to get the correct length, width, and thickness of tenon. A detailed drawing shows how the system works, and Krase steps readers through making tenons angled in one plane and two.
Lots of furniture—especially pieces intended to accommodate the human body—require joints that are not square. Chairs may have as many as 16 such joints, some of which are compound (angled in two planes). That’s why chairs can be difficult. They don’t have to be.
With my addition of a crossfeed box to Kelly Mehler’s sliding table and the use of purpose-made wedges, you can cut even compound-angled tenons quickly, accurately, time after time (see the photo at left). The wedges…