Well, I think I am going to try and give using homemade jigs a shot first, just because I would like to have the sense of accomplishment that I hear other woodworkers feel when they accomplish something themselves (a sense that I am still hunting for).
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One more question:
I read in a Gary Rogowski book that using multiple smaller tenons could have more strength than using a single large tenon. If that is so, then would using several tight-fitting dowels be comparable (or better) than using a single (a little sloppy) tenon?
When I look at the Beadlock tenon jig, it basically "looks" like several dowel holes adjacent to one another. Will that actually be better than having the same amount of fluted dowels spaced slightly apart from one another?
And since that beadlock jig doesn't allow the use of a stop collar (instead you put duct tape on the bit and drill down to the tape), maybe it is better just to use dowels and a stop collar on your bit and drill them free hand???
A dowel kit (with a lock collar) from harbor freight is less than $4.
Studies have shown that having a ladder in the home is more dangerous than having a firearm. That's why I own 10 guns... in case some maniac tries to sneak a ladder into my house...
Last edited by Grunkle Stan; 05-19-2013 at 12:06 PM.