A better way to cut wide tenons

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I had trouble cutting the tenons on the paneled frame for the Chiffonier. Then I realized I needed to treat those tenons like bread-board ends…

The cut is far to wide to cut straight and square with a saw. These rails are about 12″ wide at this point in the project. I was researching this issue on line, when I came across a thread on some woodworking forum. Then it hit me…duh.

The best way to keep the cuts straight and square is to treat them like bread-board ends. Basically, remove the waste down to the cut line to get your tenon thickness. Hence, replacing the tenon saw part of the operation with a plane.

I don’t have a rebate plane…not yet anyways. Therefore, I had to start my cuts with my plow plane on my scribe line.

Here you can see the result of the first few passes.

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I continued until I reached the desired depth.

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Then I removed the rest of the waste with a block plane.

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I checked for square and adjusted where needed. Then I showed the newly formed tenon to the stile and marked out the waste areas. It was business as usual after that…removing the waste in between tenons, and shaving them until I was happy with the fit.

This will be my plan of attack for future wide rails…hopefully next time will just be with a rebate plane.

-JR

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