Forrest Mfg. has introduced a new blade that makes it faster and easier for advanced woodworkers to produce clean, reliable mortise and tenon joints, according to the company.
"We created our new Duraline tenoning blade to help serious craftsmen produce strong, dependable tenons for chairs, tables and cabinets, as well as for cutting bowl segments and other applications," says Jim Forrest, the company's president. "To the best of our knowledge, this blade is unique in our industry. It was developed in response to requests from furniture makers and other customers. I'm pleased to report that initial feedback to the introduction of this blade has been very positive."
Unlike dados and other blades that require many cuts, the Duraline tenoning blade creates a tenon in two steps. Step one is to make horizontal crosscuts to create splinter-freescoring marks all around. Step two is to mount the piece on a tenoning jig and then make vertical cheek cuts to remove excess wood.
The blade has 60 teeth and a No. 6 grind with an alternate top bevel/raker. The blade features a heavy plate with a 110/1000" thickness to help assure the accurate cheek cuts essential to optimal joint strength. It also has a 10-degree hook that makes it easier to feed into the saw, according to the company.
The blade can also be used to make compound miter cuts on table saws. It sells for $177. For information, call 800-733-7111 or visit www.forrestblades.com.