The beadlock system is an incredibly easy way to do floating tenon joinery.
The amazing thing about it is that you can make the mortices with nothing
more than an electric drill, a 3/8" or 1/2" drill bit, and the Beadlock
fixture for that size, held in place with a clamp. I've had one (mine will
do both sizes) for several years and use it frequently. In fact, I have even
purchased the 3/8" special router bit so that I could make my own 3/8" tenon
There's only one thing that I felt needed improvement with their fixture and
the fix for it was easy. The alignment mark/hole is a D shaped hole. The
flat side of this hole has to be aligned with the mark on your board. It is
a bit difficult to get positioned correctly because the straight edge of the
hole that you have to align to your mark isn't bright or contrasty enough. I
fixed this by filing the plating off of the top surface of the flat side of
the hole with a small file (I just put a small bevel on the edge). This gave
me a bright clear edge line that made it much easier to position the fixture
Using the Beadlock jig is simple. Hold your boards together in the position
that you want them joined. Make a straight line mark across the joint where
you want the centerline of the tenon located. Align the straight side of the
jig's D hole edge to your pencil mark and clamp the fixture to your board.
Drill 3 holes through the jig's drill guide into your board. Loosen the
thumb screws and slide the drill guide to the second position. Drill 2 more
holes through the drill guide. Loosen the thumb screws and move the drill
guide back to position 1 and redrill the original three holes to clean them
out. Remove the clamp and jig. Then do the exact same procedure to the other
board. Cut the supplied tenon material to the proper length and then
assemble your joint with glue and clamps. It's so easy that I once had my 7
year old grand daughter help me. She drilled about 40 perfectly aligned
joints with no problems and no help from me.
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