BeadLock makes a strong joint because the shape of the tenon stock provides more face-grain gluing surface than a traditional tenon of the same size.…
And you can drill mortises as deep as the drill bit allows because you cut the tenon to length from longer stock. To make a joint, line up BeadLock's D-shaped window with your pencil mark, then clamp the jig to the board. Drill three holes with the jig in the “A” setting, then slide it to the “B” setting (essentially moving it half of a hole) and drill two holes between the first three. Because the faceplate extends beyond the drill guide, it limits the jig’s versatility: For field joints, such as the shelves in a bookcase, you’ll need to block up the jig to make it work. We’d also like a stop collar for the drill bit rather than relying on masking tape for a depth gauge. But overall, this makes for decent joinery.
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