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The cheek cuts are really the hard part of cutting tenons — a dado blade set and/or a cheek-cutting jig are the time-honored methods to get that done, but if you don’t want to lay out the cash for a dado set or a jig, a sweet article at WoodMagazine.com shows you how to build a rig for your table saw that’ll make the cheek cuts and not cost you a bunch of cash.

It’s essentially a corner box that holds the piece with a clamp and lets you position the tenon however you need it for a good cut at the right angle.  As Norm always puts it, just nibble away the excess and you’re good to go.

It’s not a bad-looking setup, and it looks like a slick way to get the cheek cuts done for just a few bucks.

Shop-Made Tablesaw Tenoning Jig [Wood Magazine]

 

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