Woodworking Tools

Delta 34-184 Tenoning Jig

Tenoning jig

Where Purchased:

Amazon.com

Price Paid:

$100

Why Purchased:

One construction technique I want to use in my projects is mortise and tenon joinery. This jig will help me cut the tenons on my table saw. I will then cut the mortises using my mortising machine.

Impressions:

This jig had some initial set-up issues. The miter bar on the bottom of the jig has width adjustment screws so that you can remove any side-to-side slop as the jig slides in the table saw's miter slot. One of these screws was cross-threaded into the miter bar. Delta customer service quickly sent me a new miter bar and adjustment screws, which fixed the problem.

Another problem I had (and I'm not sure whether to blame the jig or the table saw for this) is that the miter slot in my saw is farther away from the blade than this jig was designed to handle. To fix this problem, I had to mount a piece of 3/4" plywood onto the jig so that the piece being cut could reach the saw blade.

With these problems solved, the jig works beautifully.

TIP: Make sure to put some paste wax on the table saw table and on the bottom of this jig. It will slide much more smoothly if you do.