Make Tenons Using a Bump-cut
As my article on building the Southern Gent’s Mirror Stand – in the August 2013 Popular Woodworking Magazine (issue #205) – passed through design and begin routing (being passed from editor to editor for each to read and mark corrections), my terminology was called into question.
“What are bump-cut tenons,” I was asked. As I explained that it’s a cut made at your table saw in which you slide the workpiece back and forth as you also move the workpiece over the blade being guided by a miter gauge, eyebrows were raised. The reply was that I used another “Huey-ism” in my article.
I’ll bet there is another term for this process, but I have been unable to find it, outside of it being a referred to as a “quick-cut” tenon. Below is a short video to show exactly what I am doing. If you can name that method, and can back it up with a reference, please do so. If you want to have some fun and try to develop a name for this process that catches on, that would be fine. But please let us know you made it up.
If after you watch the video you don’t think this method for you, we have a couple of inexpensive downloads of other table saw tenon jigs you can download. One is from me. It’s a jig I”ve used in my shop from the beginning. The second is Robert W. Lang’s jig that we use in the PWM shop.