Loose tenons are a great way to create the traditional mortice and tenon joint. The advantage of loose tenons is that you need not cut tenons at all. All you do is create a mortice on each of the two pieces and create a “biscuit” that slots into the mortices.
This is best done with a mortice jig. I have posted a video on YouTube which shows a mortice jig that I made. I have used this jig on many of the project that you can see in the gallery. It works very well and is very cheap, and easy to build. Most importantly, when set up correctly it produces perfectly matched mortices. Hope you find the jig useful, and maybe inspires you to create your own.
Click here for the YouTube video.