As I started to make tenons and mortises for the Krenov-inspired cabinet, I noticed too much play in the fit of the bar that guides the tenoning jig in the miter slot of the table saw. Hmmm…. First, the mortising chisels needed sharpening and some fine tuning, and now this. Well, it had be done.
In this episode I show how I adjust the tenoning jig, to get the absolute minimum play (others call it “slop”) I can possibly get in the miter slot. If not properly adjusted, and with too much play, it becomes a difficult and trying task to get tenons that fit properly in the respective mortises. Why? Too much play leads to variations in the thickness of the tenons; this is a most important parameter in the mortise & tenon joint.
Before going any further: The episode numbering sequence might seem screwy. But this episode is a continuation of Jigs – The Series, which I started with Episode 5, “A Wonderful Featherboard”. I opened that episode by announcing it would be “all about jigs”, and did not follow through – that is, until now. I expect several more episodes on jigs will follow – so, leave me your suggestion(s) in Comments; I have many jigs in the shop – your suggestions will help me prioritize which jigs move to the front of the line.