When I trimmed the legs and created tenons on my two-tier side table, I did so by using a tenoning clamp and chairmaker’s tenon saw. The tenon saw is 2-1/2” x 11-7/8” made from 3/4” alder and has a 3/8” Southern yellow pine sole. The saw blade is from an old Stanley gent saw.
The clamp is a 9” square dovetailed frame of Southern yellow pine 2×4s with a sliding chop via a hand screw. The hand screw was turned on my spring-pole lathe and threaded with a 3/4” screw box. The 1-1/2” x 3-1/2” x 6-1/2” keel allows for securing in either the leg or side vise.
Operation is simple … just work the tenon saw around the workpiece forming a shoulder while maintaining contact with the frame.
Before removing the workpiece, define the tenon cheeks.