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Turn Precision Tenons on the Lathe

Updated: Mar 24, 2023

Precise Fit and Surface Quality are two of the 6 Components of Strong Joinery.

When it comes to the round mortise and tenon joinery of chairmaking, it's not too hard to drill a precise hole with clean walls. All you need is a good drill bit and a drill press.

The tenon, on the other hand, requires a bit more skill. There are many ways to cut this half of the joint. Jeff Lefkowitz prefers to use his lathe, a 3/8" parting tool, a 1" roughing gouge, and a pair of finely tuned wrenches.

In this week's video you'll learn how to:

  • Rough cut and fine tune your tenons

  • Shape a rung into an iconic cigar shape

  • Deal with small flats that might remain after the turning


I've been busy this week getting ready to host my first Berea Ladderback students. There are so many forms and jigs to be made.

It can get a little overwhelming.

All the more reason I plan to offer complete jig sets as soon as the remote classes are up and running.

If you want to build a chair before you commit to all the tools and jigs, you can take an In-Person Class. There is one space open in my May 21st-27th class (Jeff is Co-Teaching this one) and two spots open in my July 23rd-29th class.

There's no better way to explore the world of Post and Rung Chairmaking. After seven days, you'll go home with a chair!

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18 mar 2023

Jeff was particularly helpful in this video- specific and elegant. Thanks

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Mark Hicks
Mark Hicks
25 mar 2023
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Glad you liked it!

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