On Thu, 11 Nov 2004 19:59:37 -0600, Prometheus
The obvious ramblings of someone intheir twenties.
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From: Patrick Leach ( snipped-for-privacy@BEDFORD.PROGRESS.COM)
Subject: Re: How do you cut tenons?
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Date: 1995-01-06 04:59:15 PST
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Jaysus H. X, Bennett, I simply chirp in with my $1.380 on why the
rule of thumb evolved, and why it's still practical for many and I'm
in return with rebuttal after rebuttal after rebuttal after rebuttal
rebuttal. I swear to god that I'd soil my drawers if you could just
let something be said uncontested, without a cross-examination that
be the envy of the OJ Simpson defense team.
Let's re-cap where this thread has gone, compliments of you - we've
learned that the morticing gauge is a specialized tool; we've visited
the East to note that endgrain is terrible; that tenons are the weak
part of a mortice and tenon joint; that glued mortice and tenon joints
on architectural doors are good; that power tools are designed with
other in mind and take in account proportion; that haunches were only
the result of the groove being shot through; and, finally, best of
that I'm "just trying to come up with solutions that can be achieved
by handtools" to do what I do.
My last response in this catacomb of ratholes is, the morticing
is not a specialized tool and is very common; I live in the West
endgrain was finished as well as any other grain) and don't give a
ass what they did in China; that my observations point to the mortice
being the weak part of the mortice and tenon joint; that glue is un-
necessary for pinned mortice and tenon joints (furthermore, it's lame
to glue a 9" through morticed lock rail to a 4" stile); that handtools
are sized with each other in mind and assist proportion; that haunches
are the signature of finer work since they help prevent the rail from
twisting; and I do what I do because it's traditional with the tools
that I choose to use, is time-tested, has proven itself to yield
factory physical properties, and is recommended by scores of authors
on the matter.
And since we're getting tremendous dining pleasure over the 1/3rd
here's another bone for ya to chew on. Someone asked about what other
of thumb are used when making tenons. Another rule of thumb, when
mortice and tenons located at the corners of a frame, addresses the
of the tenon. Guess what? The width of these tenons is 2/3rd the width
the rail with the remaining 1/3rd given to the haunch. This is not
done to prevent the rail from twisting along it's face, but it's also
as an attempt to reduce short grain, which, by the way, is increased
making a tenon's thickness greater than one third the rail's
OK, Bennett, it's tender victuals time. Comes and gits it.......
Just say Capt. Kirk? He's dead, Bennett.
"People funny. Life a funny thing." Sonny Liston
Thomas J.Watson - Cabinetmaker (ret.)
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