Cutting the dovetail sockets in the legs

Secure a front leg upright in a bench vise and use one of the dovetailed half-laps you cut in step 1 to outline the mating socket on the leg's top end. Make sure the top end of the leg is flush with the benchtop; this will support the router base plate as you cut the socket. Also ensure that the dovetail shoulder is butted against the inside edge of the leg and the rail's back edge is flush with the back face of the leg as you mark the lines. Install a Vs-inch upcut-spiral straight bit into a router and adjust the cutting depth to the thickness of the dovetail. Rout the socket within the marked outline, then square the corners and pare to the line with straight and skew chisels, as needed. Repeat to cut the socket in the other front leg (right).

Socket Mortise And Dovetail

Shoulder drawer rail

3 Cutting twin tenons in the bottom drawer rail

The bottom drawer rail is joined to the legs with twin mortise-and-tenon joints. Cut the tenons at the ends of the rail on your table saw. Install a dado head % inch wide, then set up a tenoning jig in the miter slot. Mark a twin tenon at each end of the rail and set the cutting height at % inch. Lay out the tenons so the back edges of the rail and leg will align (step 4). Clamp the rail end-up in the jig, placing a shim between the two to prevent the dado head from contacting the jig. Shift the jig sideways to align one of the tenon marks with the dado head. To make the cut, push the jig forward, feeding the stock into the blades. Shift the jig to line up the dado head with the waste adjoining the twin tenons, making several passes until you have cleared away the excess wood (right). Repeat the cut at the other end of the rail.

4 Outlining the double mortises in the legs

Set one of the legs inside-face up on a work surface, then place the bottom drawer rail on it, aligning the back edge of the rail with the leg's back face. With the end of the rail at the appropriate height on the leg, outline the twin tenons with a pencil (left). Prepare the end rail (page 36) and drill out the rail mortises in the legs (page 37) before chiseling the double mortises in the legs (page 38).

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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