Saw Sharpening Bench Part 3

Stacked Dado setup on the table saw to cut tenons.

Stacked Dado setup on the table saw to cut tenons.

Finally I got a little open time in the woodshop so I decided to mill the tenons on the aprons and stretchers for the saw sharpening bench. The stacked dado set on the table saw was the tool of choice for the tenon cheek cuts. I have a good tenon jig, but I was not comfortable using this for the long aprons and stretcher. These cuts could also be done with a tenon saw.

The aprons and stretchers with the tenon cheek cuts complete.

The aprons and stretchers with the tenon cheek cuts complete.

In the pic above you see the aprons and stretchers with the cheek cuts done. The long aprons and stretcher have stub tenons because these will be held to the legs with 3/8″ lag bolts so the base can be disassembled for transporting.

Here the tenons are being cut to final length on the bandsaw.

Here the tenons are being cut to final width on the bandsaw.

The next operation is to cut the tenons to width. For this task I chose my bandsaw. I stayed away from the shoulder slightly so this can be trimmed with a chisel at the bench later ensuring good shoulder contact all around the joint.

All tenon machining is complete.

All tenon machining is complete.

In the pic above we see all the tenons have been finish machined. Next they must be hand fitted to their respective mortises. I rarely attempt to machine fit tenons preferring to use a shoulder plane and chisels to get a proper fit. That will have to wait for the next session. It is best to proceed to glueup when the joinery is complete whenever possible.

 

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Professional furniture maker and restorer. Dealer and collector of vintage and antique woodworking tools.
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