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Offline Patman

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Need help with door tenons
« on: December 19, 2017, 04:25 PM »
What is the best way to do a bit bigger tenons that you have on for example doors?
.. The festool way, but not domino this time.

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Offline jobsworth

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Re: Need help with door tenons
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2017, 06:41 PM »

Offline Rob-GB

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Re: Need help with door tenons
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2017, 12:17 AM »
These two posts may be of help
Making doors

and a pdf on mortise and tenons


Offline JimD

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Re: Need help with door tenons
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2017, 08:06 AM »
A lot depends on what tools you have and what sort of doors you need (or want).  I redid all our interior doors in a former home using construction lumber and shelf boards.  They were pretty simple four panel raised panel doors.  The early ones had a 1/4 groove all around the inside edges of the openings.  The panels were raised on both sides and went in them as did splines at the joints.  I added dowels at the joints and the doors worked.  Later I went to mortise and tenons and those doors were a bit more solid.  I raised the panels on my table saw but it can be done with router bits.  You could make simple doors like this with a planner, track saw, router, and drill. 

I've made mortise and tenon joints by drilling and chiseling (least favorite), plunge routering, and with a hollow chisel mortiser (currently most favorite, hoping for a domino some day).  I've used slip tenons and made traditional tenons.  For big pieces I like to put a dado blade on my radial arm saw and then trim with a shoulder plane.  I think the latter is the most important tool if you want to make normal tenons.  Too hard to cut to precise size, much easier to make a little oversize and trim to fit.