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Specifications for Exterior Woodworking Joint #9



 

 

 
     
#9
FULL THROUGH WEDGED FLOATING TENON W/DOWEL LOCKING KEYS
     
 

 

A long-winded title for a joint developed as a more efficient solution to the key haunches of Joint #9-1

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Gate Style #87

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Gate style #115-2

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The mortise is created on a Laguna horizontal mortiser. 1" thick. Because each pass has a maximum depth of only 4", and our stiles are 5-1/4", lines are transcribed to enable to stock to be flipped end-for-end to complete the mortise from the opposite edge.

Although this same procedure can be accomplished with a simple mortise box and plunge router, the alignment is somewhat more challenging.

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The 1"-thick tenon is eased with a roundover bit to the same radius as the corresponding mortise.

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As with our other through tenons, we create a snug fit to the mortise. Adding kerfs and expansion bores for the eventual wedges.

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If you can slip a tenon into it's mortise without resistance, then the joint is too loose. Re-cut the tenon until it's snug enough that it requires a light tapping with your mallet.

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Showing the tenon set to the mortise, extending the width of the eventual stiles, plus a little extra.

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Creating the wedges out of quarter-sawn oak.

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The stile dry-fitted in place. Once the glue-up process begins, the wedges are set during the same process, while the glue is still wet.

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Charles setting the two wedges in place. With each tap you can feel the joint tightening, and thus strengthening.

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The 5/16" diameter oak dowel keys set in through the primary stock, and into the tenons.

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Our finished product. Gate #87.
2-1/4" thickness. 6' ht x 6' width.

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