Behold, the Speed Tenon
We editors would like to think we know exactly what belongs in Fine Woodworking magazine and what doesn’t. Every once in a while however, we run across a different take on a traditional technique that leaves us scratching our heads, at least a little bit. That was the case when the staff recently huddled around a tablesaw to discuss the overall safety and merits of what Chris Bescksvoort has dubbed the “speed tenon.
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I first learned about this technique many years ago, in an article written by our own Chris Becksvoort. He’s been cutting tenons this way for 30 years, but I was never sold until I saw him do it for myself last month. Why change out to a dado set or box-joint blade when you can bang out super-smooth tenons with your standard saw blade in just minutes?
The question is: is this technique safe enough to be included within the pages of Fine Woodworking magazine. We need your help in evaluating this technique for speedy tenons. It definitely requires close attention to hand position and feed rate, etc. So, is it safe enough for Fine Woodworking? Let us know in the comments section at the bottom of this post.
Sure, the "speed tenon" is fast, but is it safe enough for the pages of your favorite magazine?