Fitting a Fat Tenon
Three tips to fine-tuning the fit of a mortise-and-tenon joint
A shoulder plane is the most traditional method for sizing a tenon, but it’s not the only way. In this video, Chicago furniture maker Jeff Miller demonstrates the tradtional technique and a few alternatives, which will help you achieve a perfect fit between mortise and tenon. Miller’s techniques call for an antique router plane, a rasp, or a standard bench vise.