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post #1 of 6 Old 10-19-2017, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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Mortice and Tenon

Doing my first project with mortise and tenon joinery. Using 1/2 inch spiral bit for the mortises and table saw for the tenons.

Do u prefer to chisel out the corners on the mortices to make them square or trim the corners on the tenons to make them round?
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post #2 of 6 Old 10-19-2017, 07:38 PM
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Trim the corners of the tenon. Less work that way

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Agreed a round tenon is just fine in my opinion and if no one sees it then you're golden. If I have a tenon that goes all the way through the mortise though I like it square so I can chamfer the edges. I just like the look of it.

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Pick up a set of these to dial the radius right in.

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Unless i'm cutting a through joint, I don't worry about it. A couple of reasons... First, gluing has no effect on end grain and the mortise ends of your joints are end grain. Second, go ahead and add a little extra glue... it will simply collect in the unfilled end (round) portion of the mortise. When cutting mt joints, I like making my tenons a wee bit fat and use a metal file to hone them down to perfection ( assemble with hands only [no pounding], when picking up the unglued joint, it holds and you should disassemble the dry fit with hands only and no punding).

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Plus lots of floating tenon applications use rounded tenons . Think festool domino

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