Perfect Tenons by Machine
Fit tenons fast using the tablesaw and bandsaw
Synopsis: When you need to cut a lot of mortise-and-tenon joints, it can pay to take a page from Timothy Coleman’s book and treat the whole process as a production challenge. He cuts dozens of joints using this system and is able to get a perfect fit every time. Using test pieces for all the setup and fitting, he is able to dial in all the setups and turn out perfect tenons directly from the tablesaw and bandsaw.
When I cut mortise-and-tenons, I look at the job as a production process. Seldom is there just one tenon in a piece of furniture, so it is imperative that I have a way to ensure consistent, repeatable results. Toward that end, I developed a system for cutting tenons on the tablesaw that allows me to move through the process quickly and efficiently. all the setup and fitting is done with test…