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Floating Tennon Joinery, using beadLOCK

The term "Floating Tennon" means the tennon is not physically part of either members of wood joined to gether - you cut 2 mortices, and the tennon fits in these - This can be done by hand, I thought i'd try out something very new here in the UK - the Beadlock.

Heres how its done....

Many thanks to beadLOCK

Here I will be demonstrating the beadlock set up in 3/4" mode, the model I am using also has 1/2" for bigger jobs.

You get the beadlock jig, some shims, and 3/4 & 1/2" guides, and the beadlock tennon stock.

So here are the 2 bits of stock I wish to join, I have prepared them, and made sure all the custs are at 90 degrees, and jointed the edges for accuracy.

Butt them up together, and make a neat mark over the centre, like you would do when cutting biscuit slots.

The jig has a half moon slot, so offer it up to the timber, and align the straight bit with the index mark - this must be accurate.

Clamp the jig firmly to the work piece, and hold it down to a bench, or even put it in the vice.

You can see the guide block is currently set to position A - this is changed later.

I am using a 3/4" drill bit to make the mortise, its simple, just use the 3 holes in the guide block to guide you, I've also put a bit of tape on the drill bit to guide the depth.

I've moved the guide block to position B by loosening the screws, and sliding it over. Then tighten and drill the holes.

The end hole will be blocked, as this isnt needed in position B.

I'm repeating the process on my other part of the wood.

- Line up mark with halfmoon on jig
- Firmly clamp to work
- Drill 3 holes in position A
- Drill 2 holes in position B
- Clean out excess chippings

Here you can see the tennon stock, and how we have formed a simple, but effective mortise using a hand drill, and the bead lock jig.
Now its time to work on the tennon, first thing i'm doing is checking the depth of each mortise -about 20 mm per mortise, so the tennon will need to be a little less than 40mm.

Cut the needed amount off like I am doing here, a small saw will do the job neatly.

Remove any burs with some sandpaper for better results.

Apply glue to the tennon evenly, and I also have put it in the mortises.

Here we go, one clean, professional and strong looking joint.

Clamp it until the glue dries, and your ready for some serious useage!

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