Arms And Feet

The four arms and feet (I) are identical. Each one is made by laminating two pieces of 4/4 ('Vis" thick) stock together, see Fig. 6. Begin by cutting eight pieces 5W wide and the same length as the depth of the top assembly (25'/«" in my case).

mortise. Before gluing the pieces together, I cut recesses on the inside face of each piece. (The recesses form a mortise when the pieces are glued, see Detail in Fig. 6.) I cut the recess in two steps.

define sides. First, I made two stopped cuts on the table saw to define the sides of the recess. To do this, raise the blade to a height of Then set the rip fence so there's between the blade and the fence, see Detail A in Fig. 7.

To prevent the blade from going all the way across the width of the workpiece (you want a recess, not a dado), clamp a stop block to the rip fence. It's clamped 4W back from the point where the blade enters the table, see Fig. 7.

make the cuts. Once the saw is set up, use the miter gauge to support the work-piece and make stopped cuts in four arm/foot pieces only. (Note: The other four pieces are cut later.)

To cut the other side of the recess on the same four pieces, move the fence so the outside of the blade is 4Vfc" from the fence, see Detail B in Fig. 7.

second set. Now, to make the mirrored cut on the other four pieces, move the rip fence to the left of the saw blade, set up the stop block on the other side of the fence, and repeat the same procedure. (Note: If the rip fence on your saw won't move to the left of the blade, clamp a 2x4 to the saw table as a temporary fence.)

rout out excess. After the sides of the recess are defined with the saw kerfs, the next step is to rout out the inside to actually form the recess. I did this freehand with a router and a Vfe" straight bit set to the same depth as the saw kerf (%" deep), see Fig. 8.

To complete the recess, I used a chisel to dean off the little "ledge" (left by the saw blade cut), see Fig. 9.

glue together pieces. Once the recesses are complete, glue the matching pieces together with the edges flush so the recesses form a mortise.

cut taper. After the glue dries, I cut a long taper off the top edge of the feet and the bottom edge of the arms. To do this, I used a shopmade taper jig on the table saw, see Fig. 10. (For more on this jig, see Shop Notes, page 23.)

FIGURE 7

DETAIL B

FIGURE 7

DETAIL B

DETAIL A

DETAIL A

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STRAIGHT BIT

figure 8

STRAIGHT BIT

figure 9

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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