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Router Joinery Basics: Loose Tenons

Loose Tenons - an alternative to traditional mortise and tenon joints

The mortise-and-tenon joint is the true workhorse of solid wood woodworking, but can be a challenge to make well without specialist machinery. Loose or floating tenons are a remarkably useful variation on the traditional mortise-and-tenon and are much easier to make. And of course, when we say loose tenons we don’t mean tenons that don’t fit well! Watch the video to find out what they are and how to make them.

Build your own loose tenon jig

To make a jig like the one in the video you’ll need some jig hardware as well as three toggle clamps. Rockler have a great jig hardware kit – Rockler 129-pc Jig Hardware Kit which has all the components you’ll ever need and saves you 50% compared to buying the components individually. 

As far as toggle clamps are concerned you can’t go far wrong with the POWERTEC 20305 Vertical Quick-Release Toggle Clamps – they’ve got a 500lb capacity which ensures your workpiece will be held securely. 

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