No matter your tools, you can successfully cut and fit this time-tested joint. Simply select one of these proven methods, from using inexpensive tools you probably have on hand, to dedicated machinery. And, we've added a quick-and-easy mortising guide for chiseling your own mortises.
Method 1: Low-tech and simple doweling jig
Method 2: Same concept at Method 1 with a bigger drilling machine
Method 3: Take the plunge—with a router
Method 4: Drilling square holes has never been easier
Machining the Tenons
Method 1: Dado set help you tackle tenons quickly
Method 2: Tenoning jig make smoothest tenons
Method 3: Your bandsaw make quick work of tenons
Method 4: Who needs a tablesaw when you have a router table?
Featured in the November 2010 issue of WOOD.
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