Jigs forCreating Floating Tenons and "Glue-ups"

This post shows designs for:

(1) a jig on a the Robland X31 horizontal mortiser for cutting mortises in endgrain and

(2) jigs designed for a "one-man" gluing up operation.

The photos are "quick-and-dirty", especially the two at the bottom, where I try to show how the stretchers with the floating tenons are glued into the table's structure. 

Rather discuss each of photos, I'll let them "speak for themselves", except the two at the bottom.

(The table is an Arts and Crafts "end table", from Woodsmith 22, no 127 February 2000)


floating tenon 6The oak veneer glued to the plywood stretcher was cut on my Laguna 18 bandsaw, using a special table-fence jig for resawing.
Someone has suggested that to keep the veneer on the  strecher from curligng of splitting, I should glue a veneer-piece of the back. While experince might prove this true, I think that the oak veneer itself is thick enough (about 1/8") not to cause any problem. For making my drawer fronts -- using the same design and technique -- I will apply veneer to the back (i.e., back) side.

floating tenon 1


temp posting of 2d fixture for x31 horizontal mortiser:

horizontal mortiser shaper fixture set-up


floating tenon 3


floating tenon 7

The two photos below show the jigs that I devised to hold the parts of the table "square" while I applied glue to the five components -- three stretchers  and two slender components, on the right -- for the drawer assembly.

One set of jigs -- check out the visegrip -- simply hold the stretcher securely and square while you set the second set ot mortised legs -- with the spindle assembly -- onto the tenoned stretchers.

The second set of jigs -- there are four, with two on each side, attached to the middle of each leg assembly. The latter have a another use: during dry- fittings, for holding the two spindled side-assemblies squarely together.

(Yes, the photos are confusing but also revealing. Rather than try to explain them, I just suggest that anyone interested get in touch. Of the two photos, the lower one is a little clearer. Email me at ray@woodworkinghistory.com)

Bottom line: working alone, setting down the second leg assembly and getting eyerything securely together, and getting everythng square is a "snap".