Cutting And Rabbeting Small Pieces

Cutting small pieces on a radial arm saw requires a slightly different approach than was used on the table saw (previous page). Although a stop block (or end block) can be used on a table saw for setting the length for cutting off small pieces, this is not a good practice on a radial arm saw. As shown in Fig. 1, we use only a pencil line on the fence to gauge the length of the cut-off. If a stop block were clamped to the fence, the small piece could easily be caught by the blade, especially...

Slot Vs Square Mortise

Those of you who have been reading Woodsmith for awhile, have probably noticed that we've given quite a bit of coverage to the mortise and tenon. This all started in Woodsmith Number Eight when we presented a fairly wide overview of the mortise and tenon joint and how it's cut. Since then we've tried to show a number of variations of the mortise and tenon and their applications. In almost every instance, we've shown this joint with a slot mortise. A slot mortise has rounded ends, and the tenon...