Classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

25 Ways to Machine Mortise & Tenon Joints with Jerry C. Forshee

Dates: 8/16/2014 - 8/16/2014
Tool List: Click here for tool list

Cost: $140
Deposit: $50

The oldest joint in woodworking, dating back to the Egyptian culture around 2,500 B.C., is the mortise and tenon joint. Jerry will demonstrate how this joint can be cut on the table saw, band saw, router table, hand-held router, horizontal router, hollow-chisel mortiser and drill press. Even the most perfectly milled set of work pieces can yield tenons of varying thickness. Several machine procedures for producing tenons of exact thickness, independent of the work piece thickness, will be discussed and demonstrated. The use of the "floating" tenon as well as an alternative to the traditional way of making the blind mortise and tenon joint will be demonstrated. Jerry will show ways to fine tune the fit as well as present considerations for gluing up the joint including glue types and the quality of the their bonds.

Several commercial and shop-built jigs and fixtures will be reviewed that can aid the woodworker in achieving well-fitting joints, including tenoning jigs, tenoning sleds, mortising jigs and a shop-built horizontal mortiser. Each student will be given a gift of a custom commemorative hardwood clipboard which can be used during the class to organize the numerous handouts and take notes.

Key Points:

Anatomy and design of the blind mortise and tenon joint.
Ways to cut mortise and tenons on all common stationary equipment
Review of several mortise and tenon commercial jigs & fixtures
Reference to and sharing of plans and articles for shop-built mortise and tenon jigs and fixtures
Each student will get a free CD containing slide shows of all class demonstrations and references

There is a $45 annual registration fee that will be added to your the total amount of the class if this is the first class you are registering for this season.

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