K.I.S.S - And Difficult It Can Be To - Keep It Simple Stupid
I have difficulty implementing K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid).
I like "loose tenon" mortise and tenon joinery. It's nearly as strong as "real" mortise and tenon joinery but with a significantly lower risk factor and easier, and less error prone, to do. Blow a mortise location? Plug it and cut it again - sort of like having an UNDO button. Loose tenon too short? Cut another piece off the loose tenon stock you made.
I bought, studied, and have been using the new Festool DOMINO - a lot.
Now I could build this thing like the existing fence - but that would be too easy. Instead, I made things just a wee bit more difficult / challenging.
Now do you see why I wouldn't have gone this route without the DOMINO?
And here's what I came up with - and am building.
Looks simple and straight foreward - but it ain't - 'cause I have trouble with "simple" and "straight foreward". Aside from the S**TLoad of mortises to cut, look closer and notice that there are
THREE different stock thicknesses 4x4s, 2x4s and "1x6" (now 5/8" x 5 3/8")
TWO loose tenon sizes
TWO set backs/reveals
Three different mortise widths
I'll get to the details as we go along but here's where I'm going with the loose tenon joinery. A little over the top with the loose tenons - but hey - the DOMINO makes cutting them a trivial matter - with a little planning.