Mortising Jig

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Loose tenon joinery, like that used in the Easy Chair on page 50, is a great alternative to traditional mortise-and-tenon joinery. The latter requires cutting an integral tenon in one of the parts to fit in a mating mortise cut in the other part. But with loose tenon joinery, the tenon is a separate element that spans the joint to fit into a mortise cut in each part. Because this “loose” tenon is an easily machined strip of wood, making the joint tends to be more efficient than taking the traditional approach. However, loose tenon joinery typically requires the ability to cut mortises into the ends of workpieces as well as their edges. That’s where this jig comes in. Used in conjunction with a plunge router outfitted with an edge guide, you can efficiently and accurately cut perfectly matched mortises in both the ends and edges of workpieces. In use, toggle clamps secure the work to the jig, and the end stops control mortise length.

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