Cutting Tenons on a Table Saw

I’ve long been a fan of cutting tenons on the table saw. I’ve found it can be done quickly, with repeatable accuracy and safely. Recently, I discovered a new saw blade with a thick, 1/4″-wide tooth that’s ground flat on the top, and it’s perfect for this operation. This Infinity Tools thick-kerf, flat-top blade eliminates the need for a secondary set-up and cut to finish the cheek and establish the final tenon shoulder. Watch the video to learn more about the blade and see the jig that makes the joint safe and quick to cut.

– Steve Shanesy 

6 thoughts on “Cutting Tenons on a Table Saw

  1. Christopher SchwarzChristopher Schwarz

    I definitely see the benefit with this approach when cutting the face cheeks and face shoulders. But I don’t see the advantage with this blade and jig when it comes to the edge cheeks and edge shoulders.

    I could be missing something here.


  2. Steve_OH

    I think you need to move the clamp down a bit so that it’s closer to the joint being cut. You can see while cutting the third cheek that the workpiece isn’t sitting flat against the backing board, which means that the tenon is going to come out on the thin side.


    1. Bill

      Since 99% of people are going to rest their left hand on the clamp, it is in the right place to keep from violating the 3 inch rule. Also I saw the same thing on the first cut. Probably a shadow or the jig was run too close to the blade at some point.

    1. Megan FitzpatrickMegan Fitzpatrick

      Sorry Clay – Infinity. I added a link in the text to make it easy to find on the manufacturer’s site.

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