I regularly make tenons using a large tenoning bit on my router which gives me 3/4" tenon length. It's a CMT grand rabbet bit and making tenons with it takes me about 30 secs- its just a matter of running the bit around the stock using the guide bearing. Has anyone else made tenons like this? I've never had any issues with strength- i think a 3/4" tenon is strong enough for most applications, however a couple of pins through it increases the strength quite a bit. How do you guys make tenons? Router table? Table saw and tenoning jig? table saw and dado stack? band saw? Is there anyone here making tenons with a hand saw?
can you post a link-to or pic-of your router bit? sounds intriguing! but 3/4" depth sounds pretty shallow (especially in a chair)
edit: just noticed the pic you had in the post - thanks!
John, yeah 3/4" is pretty shallow but I still haven't had any strength issues with the projects I've made- they've all been tables and a baby change table and from my experience, a 3/4" tenon sotting snugly in mortise is far stronger than a dowelled or kregged joint.
I've found 3/4'' adequate, for most applications.
1/2'' adequate for 1/2'' stock.
Thru-tenons are a nice touch, for some projects.
YES---I've made tenons using
CMT's tenon cutting router bit