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Tool Stand

by John W. Nixon on September 11 2006 03:00

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Router Table Mortising with Loose Tenon Joinery to make a Tool Stand.

The 26 minute woodworking video illustrates a complete project from start to finish. You will see the principles of loose tenon (or floating tenon) joinery applied to make a sturdy tool stand.

Shown in the video:

  • Stock preparation using the planer and jointer.
  • Making legs, aprons, and cross members for the project.
  • Mortising on the router table.
  • Having a repeatable setup for mortising by using a modified tenon jig.
  • Efficient mortising technique - this project has 32 mortises.
  • The benefits of a foot-activated motorized router lift. Glue and assembly of the project.
  • Adding swivel casters to the project.
  • Making loose tenons for joinery.

The video is instructional and gives the basics of loose tenon joinery. More importantly, it provides the foundation required for furniture building.

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5/22/2010 6:51:26 PM
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Reply to comment from Matthew who wrote:
hey John
I am wondering wher you got your tenon jig?
I enjoy your site alot
thanks
Matthew

Hi Matthew, the tenon jig I use is from Rockler.  You can read more about it here: www.eaglelakewoodworking.com/.../...ter-Table.aspx
5/11/2010 8:24:55 AM
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Matthew
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hey John
I am wondering wher you got your tenon jig?
I enjoy your site alot
thanks
Matthew
3/18/2009 6:36:13 PM
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Stephen
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I've been watching John's videos for more than a year now. I've learned a lot by watching the videos.
Every once in a while I'll see where somebody busts his chops over safety issues, like one of the folks posted in this here thread. Me and my Pa works our tools kinda like he does and we've both still got all eleven of our fingers! Ya just need to use some common sense when you're working with these here tools!

I think ol' John still has ten fingers. 'Course he just started out with only ten. I wouldn't worry too much about his safety techniques, worry about your own.
10/18/2008 10:29:47 PM
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Thanks a million, you were very clear and interesting... cause some guys jabber on and on before ever getting to the point.  Love what you did to make your space work for you.
9/28/2008 9:28:54 AM
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Thanks John, very informative video. I like resourceful woodworkers. ~Bill
9/9/2008 7:33:58 PM
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Thank you. Learned a lot. I was not able to understand the router jig set up, since I don't have experience in working with the router or making tenongs. Good video!
9/8/2008 1:13:39 PM
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John W. Nixon
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Definitely should have been 16.  I'd like to say I was just making extras for the next project  Smile
9/5/2008 6:21:07 PM
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You need your own TV show!
9/2/2008 3:29:53 AM
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Great video.
8/31/2008 2:10:03 AM
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A very informative video -most helpful, thanks
8/23/2008 11:18:09 AM
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8/22/2008 1:56:38 AM
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Thanks for the Education!!
8/18/2008 10:21:19 AM
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Great job John,thank you for taking the time to do this !
8/15/2008 10:11:07 PM
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8/9/2008 9:09:31 AM
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Like your set up.
8/2/2008 7:13:55 PM
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You make it look so easy!
"you should do a video on setting up shop in small space"
- I concur
7/26/2008 10:26:33 PM
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Keep up the good work!
7/26/2008 7:35:11 PM
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I meant:excellent
7/24/2008 7:29:28 AM
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Well done, thanks
7/23/2008 10:04:28 AM
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I'm sure this video's fantastic, but I haven't been able to get it or a few others to play after repeated attempts. Anyone know what the problem is?  I've been able to watch the Loose Tenon and Circle Cutting videos and a couple of others.  Diana, IL
7/21/2008 11:44:24 PM
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Good Man I wish all woodworkers took the time to do what you are doing . I know after seeing this I will Keep up the good work.
7/15/2008 10:02:00 PM
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really well done,learn some new technique
7/9/2008 8:51:33 PM
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Very Interesting. Great work.
7/4/2008 7:47:51 PM
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Great Work! You really do make it look easy.  Might want to relax a bit in front of the camera though. Smile
~RLW
7/4/2008 7:14:05 PM
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John W. Nixon
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Diana, you can try getting it right from Google Video.  Visit video.google.com and search EagleLakeWoodworking.  You'll see all the video there.  There's an option at the right side to download the video rather than streaming it.  I'm not sure where the break down is, because this video does play fine for me.  
6/8/2008 11:39:50 PM
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Good Stuff John - keep 'em coming.
6/5/2008 12:02:23 AM
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very good instructions
5/31/2008 2:56:55 AM
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Very well done!
5/23/2008 7:13:41 AM
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Nice Video!!  Your mortising setup is great!
5/10/2008 4:46:08 AM
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I meant to hit the good key i did't opps!
5/7/2008 1:10:42 AM
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as with all of you videos - excellent
4/28/2008 2:09:59 AM
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please keep them coming
4/24/2008 4:00:26 PM
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Excellent John.
4/23/2008 2:42:09 AM
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Thanks for putting this together.
4/17/2008 8:42:09 PM
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Great from begining to end.  Nice camera work too.  
4/12/2008 10:12:09 PM
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neat mortising jig! jaspr
4/12/2008 8:14:31 PM
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I am new to wood working and the video's helped out alot. CMW558
4/8/2008 3:04:30 PM
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very enjoyable.  thanks.
4/4/2008 1:39:21 PM
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An excellent instructional video. Well done.
3/31/2008 2:01:49 AM
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Watching your videos inspires me to get up to my dad's place and use the tools he's been collecting for 60 years.
3/25/2008 6:00:32 AM
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muy  buen video gracias por la informacion
3/19/2008 2:32:03 AM
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Thanks.  Good ideas and straight forward techniques.  One suggestion:  Be careful wearing jewelry (watch, rings) when working in the shop.  Can lead to serious accidents.
3/9/2008 3:22:53 PM
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Well thought out and well done.
2/28/2008 11:23:05 PM
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excellant production value ---
The information and presentation was top rate...thank you
2/12/2008 4:30:05 AM
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very well done
2/6/2008 3:02:59 AM
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5 stars, make us some more John.
1/13/2008 1:34:21 AM
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1/11/2008 10:53:56 AM
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im dutch so its nice to see how you guys work. fun to watch also. you could be a teacher for real ;) good luck with the video's! be back soon to watch some more Laughing greetings from pascal
1/9/2008 2:23:22 PM
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This is a 5 star presentation. Excelllent. Thanks
1/9/2008 12:48:58 AM
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Nice demo of joinery -- thanks for posting!
1/8/2008 10:31:53 PM
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iT WAS GOOD
fROM MATT K

1/8/2008 9:10:30 PM
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Modified jig? Whose jig did you start with? Modified how?
1/4/2008 1:52:06 AM
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Is the lift motor designed to operate under load?
fbenkautz@charter.net
12/7/2007 4:56:06 PM
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Great Video. THANKS AND KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
12/6/2007 9:41:16 PM
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Wish it was that easy
11/17/2007 3:33:29 PM
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learned a new technique today, thanks.
11/10/2007 8:43:06 PM
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Excellent piece, I suggest adding very simple board sitting on the cross members for extra storage.
Keep up the good job!
Greetings from Italy.
11/9/2007 1:37:42 AM
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Hy , wery good woodwork.But i am much better than you.
11/4/2007 8:54:20 AM
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u r a very good teacher! Marius Lombrea -Romania-
10/31/2007 1:21:27 AM
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Clear,precise and well presented.
Many thanks
Reg (UK)
10/27/2007 8:01:11 AM
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Great job, more, more videos pls.
10/22/2007 4:35:47 PM
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Excellent !!!
did you make that Jig or did you buy it?
10/20/2007 5:38:50 PM
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Gracias es muy buen trabajo.
10/10/2007 5:06:49 AM
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Good job! I really enjoyed the program. JK
9/23/2007 9:23:38 PM
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John, great video, straight forward, great concept and application, great editing and stage appearence. ~Jay
9/16/2007 3:17:14 AM
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Well done and informative.  Thanks.
9/15/2007 6:08:11 PM
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As with all of your video's - they are excellent. Keep up the great job!
9/2/2007 8:25:33 AM
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Nice job.  One question- When cutting the loose tenons with the crosscut sled you say you're making 32 tenons.  Don't you only need 16 tenons or am I missing something? --robroka@yahoo.com
8/30/2007 9:27:06 AM
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Very professional! I really enjoyed it.
8/29/2007 8:04:52 AM
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very good quality video and work
8/14/2007 10:23:27 AM
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Everything was great until you drilled the holes for the casters. All the machinery you used for precision this and that and then... a cordless drill to ensure a plumb bore for bolts. Do those on your drill press next time I'll give you and excellent. Follow thru...
8/12/2007 4:19:54 AM
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Thanks, enjoyed.
8/10/2007 4:49:41 PM
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Nice. Continue. Give us anything you want, anything you can.
Apostolos from Greece
8/6/2007 10:57:10 AM
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you shouldn't leave the default set on 'poor'
7/26/2007 3:42:06 AM
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Thank you for taking the time to make this video,  Please make more step by step videos showing different types of jointery.
7/15/2007 5:10:40 PM
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It is nice to see using different tools to do jobs without using dedicated tools.
nice work. Gary
7/15/2007 2:31:23 AM
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i just sat here for nearly a half hour,obviously i found it interesting enough to stay through the whole thing. nice job. i sure envy you,i have been buying tools for the last few years,,,so ill be ready when the time comes to have a nice area to work in.
keep up the very nice work,
roystr@hotmail.com
6/22/2007 1:52:54 PM
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6/18/2007 11:59:12 AM
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Very nice concept, constrction, and outcome.  Congrats, John.

Gary
6/18/2007 5:09:38 AM
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Nvery nicely done
6/13/2007 6:53:01 AM
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Thanks, a great video.  I think I have another project or two.
6/9/2007 4:34:07 AM
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john you need your own show buddy   very very good thanx
6/6/2007 10:11:45 AM
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Great Job John. It was a very interesting video. I leaned something Smile
  Paul
5/31/2007 4:43:42 AM
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Outstanding!!
Being somewhat new to woodworking it was nice to find a video that got straight to the point, spent just the right amount of time on each process, and provided information the is useful for many other projects as well. Thank you very much.
5/31/2007 4:04:01 AM
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Excellent piece, I suggest adding very simple board sitting on the cross members for extra storage.
Keep up the good job!
Greetings from Italy.
5/28/2007 11:07:58 PM
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Your rating system is defaulted to "poor"...and as a result you are getting "poor" ratings from viewers that may not really rate your video as poor.  I recommend you remove the default selection or change it to at least "ok".  This was also a very good presentation that is valuable to beginning or intermediate woodworkers.
5/24/2007 8:38:04 PM
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awesome, very good
5/17/2007 7:49:08 PM
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Great video you should do a video on setting up shop in small space.
3/19/2007 3:34:50 AM
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3/11/2007 5:16:29 PM
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Nice video, thanks.
3/8/2007 2:56:38 PM
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Well done - project and video. Look out Norm!
3/8/2007 2:24:03 PM
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I like your tool stand.
3/3/2007 5:23:32 AM
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Great editing.  Keep up the great work but please don't become commercialized.
2/28/2007 10:40:26 AM
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great video always enjoy watching and learning new ways to enjoy woodworking. The only thing is it's hard to hear his voice.
2/21/2007 12:45:25 PM
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please make more videos
2/1/2007 11:37:56 PM
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Nice job John.  I definitely learned some new things.
1/31/2007 11:36:02 PM
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1/29/2007 12:44:03 AM
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Very nice, Clear and easy to follow.   Ken
1/6/2007 4:41:55 AM
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GREAT VIDEO BOB
1/5/2007 12:21:48 PM
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1/1/2007 4:51:37 AM
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12/27/2006 11:54:47 AM
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Very simple method to follow and opens up a new technique to use in many instances.  Thanks, Nick
12/20/2006 10:10:31 PM
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Well done!  I was looking for a tutorial on loose tenon joinery and your video explains it well.
12/20/2006 4:12:56 PM
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great vidio - learned alot
12/19/2006 3:10:41 AM
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Most excellent!!JS
12/6/2006 7:20:59 PM
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Nice job John! Now get back to work.
11/16/2006 1:59:17 PM
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Very Informative
11/16/2006 6:38:41 AM
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you are a very lucky woodworker. It is amazing that you still have ten fingers. It will be great if you take a few classes in shop safety.
10/26/2006 4:49:06 AM
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Thanks for the great ideas
10/12/2006 8:56:34 PM
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Very good, please do more.
10/5/2006 5:26:48 PM
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Very nice. Good instructions, love the router jig
10/4/2006 8:01:19 PM
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The tenon jig is from Rockler.  I didn't do a whole lot to it besides adding the enlarged face with the stop blocks and t-track.  There's a vertical support piece on the original face that I removed.  I also relocated arm that has the screw clamp.  I just used another set of hole that was already on he jig.

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