Here's a dilemma I'm having.
I've only done tenons a few times in my short woodworking life, but,
every time I did, they sides (not the shoulder... the sides... the parts
that disappear into the mortise) of the tenons would have this very
rough texture to them. I'd have to clean them up with a chisel.
It's important to point out here that I was doing these tenons the
non-tenonning-jig way, where I just lay the board flat on my crosscut
sled and "nibble away", taking multiple passes, moving the board 1/8"
As for the rough result, I had thought that I was just being sloppy...
until I saw some dude in a *magazine*
with the same problem. So, I knew
it wasn't just that I'm a newbie. I still didn't know what the problem
was until I was flipping through some catalog and saw some blades for
sale and they had a little blurb on the different kinds of blade
grinds... and then the lightbulb came on!
On my saws, I checked and found that I was using ATB's. Well, of
that's going to give an uneven surface! So, I started thinking
about which grinds *would*
work. A TCG wouldn't really work either (at
least the ones *I*
own won't) because the triple-chipped teeth are set
higher than the flat ones.
So, I was thinking that only a flat-ground blade will do. But all of the
flat blades I've seen say that they're for "ripping... where speed is
more important than smoothness". Well... smoothness is the whole
point... and I'm cross-cutting. The only caveat, I guess, is that I'm
not cutting all the way through the board.
So, I'm curious as to what y'all have to say about this. I know the
"right" anwser is to get a tenonning jig. But, if I'm going to keep
doing the "nibble" method for a while, what do you all suggest for a blade.