Cutting corner halflaps

The back assembly Is composed of stiles joined to the two rails with half-laps. To cut the joint, use the same setup you made for sawing dadoes in the lower back rail (step 1). This time mark out the half-laps at the end of each rail and stile. The joint should be as wide as the stile stock. Butt the stock against the miter gauge extension, and line up the blades to cut the shoulder of the half-lap first. Then saw away the remaining waste with multiple passes (above). Repeat the procedure to cut the joint at the other end of the stock and in the remaining rail and stiles.

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