Tips, Tools & Techniques eNote #30

Loose Tenon Joinery, Part 3: Jig Setup

Cutting a mortise in a rail and stile is easy once you get the jig setup. In part 3 you’ll see how to set up and adjust this easy-to-use jig to cut mortises in various workpieces. Plus, get a few tips on setting up your router for better dust collection.

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Router Mortising Jig Dimensioned Drawings

Looking for an easier way to cut mortises? Try this shop-built benchtop mortising jig. When mated up with a plunge router and a solid carbide straight bit, this jig will cut 1/8″ to 1/2″ mortises in stock thickness from 1/4″ to 2-1/2″ thick, up to 3-1/2″ long. It’s a perfect solution for loose tenon joinery. The dimensioned drawings include an 9-page plan with exploded views, parts views and a one page bill of materials and supply list.