Marc does the above mentioned loose tenon technique in the Krenov cabinet guild build. Its a nice technique and definitely easy to achieve without buying a piece of equipment that you'll end up replacing down the road if you're planning to get a Domino.
Small thread hijack here, but does anyone know where you can get Ashley Iles other than TFWW? They always have an extremely limited stock. Makes sense given they're a small production company across the pond but still would be nice to find another supplier.
You can make a loose tenon with just a router and some scrap. David Marks did it constantly on Woodworks. Just route your mortise, then cut some scrap stock to the exact thickness of the mortise. Use a roundover bit on the tenon stock and it'll fit the mortise like a glove. You can make some grooves on the tenons to eliminate the glue's hydraulic pressure...makes it easier to get them in.
You know, if I could go back and do it again, I'd have bought a plunge router instead of a fixed-base one... looking to pick one up next month for my birthday.
I'm still going to do traditional M&T... going to be doing it this weekend, actually. Loose tenon joinery still looks really appealing and I was merely curious about the beadlock system. I completely understand the sentiment, though. As a software developer I liken it to those who use WYSIWYG interfaces to build applications (usually mobile) so that they don't have to learn the fundamentals of programming. There's a reason that you should learn and become comfortable with that stuff early on... and then once you are familiar with it, you will often find the non-programming programming methods to be awful.
Not a perfect analogy since loose tenons are not generally awful... but I think you see what I mean.
Very cool. It'll be a while before I get one but I think it could be nice to use once in a while when I don't have time (and the importance isn't as high) for traditional joinery.
That surprises me. Given that the mortise is the same shape as the beadlock tenons I figured the face grain surface contact would still be very high.