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Haunched Tenons

Strengthen and simplify rail-and-stile framework with this easy variation on the classic mortise and tenon.

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Choosing Tenons

Choosing Tenons

You can go a long way with the basic mortise-and-tenon joint, but sometimes a variation comes in handy. The curio cabinet, for example, features haunched tenons on the top and bottom rails. With a haunched tenon, you can cut a groove the length of each stile's inside edge, then automatically fill the exposed end of the groove with the haunch as you assemble the joint. A haunched tenon looks like a standard tenon, but adds a shoulder that extends to the edge of the rail, as shown in the drawing right.

Making the tenon is simple. All you need is a tablesaw and dado set, as shown here.

First, cut the rails and stiles to their final dimensions, with the rail length including the planned tenons. Plow a 1/4x1/4" centered groove along the inside edge of each part to receive a panel.

Now, lay out a mortise to be cut into the groove on the stile. Locate the mortise 1/4" from the end of the stile, and make its length 1/2" less than the width of the rail; our mortises measured 2 1/4" long. We made the curio cabinet mortises 1 13/16" deep to receive 1 3/4" tenons, allowing 1/16" of extra space for glue. Each mortise is 1/4" wide, matching the groove in the stile. Now, you're ready to form both parts of a haunched tenon joint following the steps shown above right.


Continued on page 2:  Choose your method for forming mortises

 

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jbe1932 wrote:

To get the complete article printed together to take to the shop, just "copy" on each section and paste each of them into a single document in your word processor and then print your new document.

6/11/2010 03:09:55 PM Report Abuse
jbe1932 wrote:

The next page selection only applies to the comments. The additional pages of the article are list at the top where it says "pages in this story". This is different but easy to figure out.

6/11/2010 03:04:15 PM Report Abuse
mrtilly wrote:

To get hard copies just pick the page you want and press the "PRTSC" or (print screen). Then open a word document and "Paste". The page should appear and then you can "crop" it and resize. Press "enter" to move down one line. Add the next page in like manner.

6/11/2010 12:21:17 PM Report Abuse

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