Frame and Panel Doors

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So I'm making cabinets for my shop and I want to make basic frame and panel doors. Done it tons of times with my router table. Problem is now most of my woodworking is done after 8pm (11 month old twins bed time). I wasn't planing on making a haunched tenon just a 1/4" wide by 1/2" deep tounge into the groove like what I would do with my router table. I know a stanley 48 (I think) will do tounges and grooves, but what about a tounge on the end grain? Should I just plow out the groove and cut the tounge by hand?

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The easiest thing to do is use a plow plane (or 48) to plow the groove in your stiles. Then chop the mortise so that it is housed inside the groove. Now saw the tenon across the whole width of the rail to thickness. Now you can just saw out the haunches so that the tenon fills the groove on the outside of the door.

I believe what you are suggesting is to do a stub tenon much like what a rail and stile bit set would produce. It certainly won't be as strong, but with modern glues I don't see why it wouldn't work. I would still recommend sawing out the "tenon" or tongue because with repeated passes across end grain even with the sharpest of blades you are bound to get some spelching or frayed shoulders. The 1/2" long tongue would take no time to saw away.

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