I have been thinking of trying this for a while, but never have.
Through loose tenons. I would keep them square instead of rounded.
Seems like it should work. The only problem I can think of is that
you would need to make sure that the tenon stock to matches in color
to the adjoining rail (if a lot of the tenon is exposed).
I expect to get a few "just use integral tenons for this", but
obviously I've considered that already and choose to explore "loose
Ever tried it?
Experimented with a batch of gift calendar frames with exposed loose
tenons a few years back. Tried some round and some square just for
grins. Both 1/4" tenon stock through 3/4" stiles, so they were small and
bit hard to work with.
I did try a slight, traditional bevel on the exposed corners of both
types. The square ones came out just fine, the rounded exposed tenons
looked more like blunted spearheads by the time I got through butchering
(If I use rounded through loose tenons again, I will just leave them
exposed for what they are.)
All said/done, it's doable, it works, and there is no reason why you
can't do it.
Also think using loose tenons thicker than 1/4" would allow for a
better, more traditional look, and a lot easier to effect ... 3/8" thick
would be about a small as I would want to go.
You didn't mention the specific application you had in mind.
If the through mortise length (can a hole have a length?) is
under about 1 1/2" - the loose tenon isn't over about 3/8"
thick - and round ends are acceptable
head over to YouTube and search for
DOMINO Through Mortise
The Festool DOMINO is REAL handy.
On Sun, 7 Feb 2010 09:58:55 -0800 (PST), the infamous GarageWoodworks
You realize, don't you, Brian, that the phrase sounds an awful lot
like the title for a tawdry romance novel or cheesy daytime soap
"Through Loose Tenons", the story of a girl, her dog, her doctor,
his horse, and seven of the town drunks.
Right. An pine tenon wouldn't look right in a jarrah piece. <snort>
Newp, but I'll bet it would work just fine, given good joinery
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