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Making Mortise-and-Tenon Joints: with Frank Klausz (Fine Woodworking DVD Workshop) DVD – September 5, 2006
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Woodworkers rely on the versatile mortise-and-tenon joint for making sturdy frames, panels, stools, tables and stands. Frank Klausz shows you how to make the joint cleanly and quickly, using hand tools or basic woodshop machines. You will learn about: laying out for handwork, chiseling the mortises, sawing the tenons, laying out for router and handsaw, routing the mortises, bandsawing the tenons, laying out for mortiser and table saw, making a hollow-chisel mortiser, and working tenons on the table saw.
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Klausz walks you through real world projects and shows you exactly how to use each technique to produce some perfect Mortise and Tenon Joints. He concentrates on how it's done and he doesn’t' try to sell you the latest woodworking gadgets or tools.
I was amazed to see his methods for hand-tool mortise and tenons. Klausz is like a virtuoso of woodworking. Smooth and effortless is the only way to describe his work style. I found his comments about standards of workmanship to be refreshing. It was nice to hear him explain that good enough is just that. In woodworking, it doesn't have to be micrometer perfect to perform perfectly.
Klausz is also incredibly versatile. He was equally adept at doing mortise and tenons using a drill press with mortising attachment and a band saw. Looked like he'd done it a million times and he explains it in a way that makes you feel you could do it too. I haven't tried that one yet but I do have a dedicated mortiser. I probably won't do the band saw, not because I think the technique is flawed, I just can't think about working on a new set of skills.
Finally Klausz does router mortises and table-sawn tenons. I also do the router mortises though Klausz shows more of a production technique using a great home-made dedicated jig which is more involved than the one-off version I use. His table sawn tenons are also great. No expensive tenoning jig. His is home-made from wood scraps and it works perfect.
I can't think of a single negative critique or this DVD. Klausz's instruction is clear and thorough, the editing and production work were well done. The video was probably shot at a lower quality than a modern DVD or Blu-Ray but it really doesn’t impact the instruction. Klausz is so amazing that you’re not going to be thinking about pixels and resolution.
If you want to watch some great instruction on how to cut mortise and tenon joints, then Klausz is the go-to guy you want to listen to.
Highly recommend this video.
I was particularly interested in the section of the DVD devoted to making mortises by hand. Watching a master motivates me to not only complete projects, but to sharpen essential skills. Master Klausz knows hand tools and can help you tune and use them effectively. Be sure to get his other DVD on tuning and using chisels, planes and saws.
You will learn how to make them with handtools, the drill press, the table saw, the bandsaw and the router.
Frank Klausz not only explain you how to do the job, he teachs you how to get it done accurately nd fast.