Cutting the halflaps

The rails are joined to the legs with half-laps. Start with the side rails and the legs. Install a dado head on your table saw and set the cutting height to half the thickness of the stock. Adjust the fence to make a 3!4-inch-long rabbet, then add an extension board to your miter gauge. Cut the rabbets in the side rails and the outside faces of the legs. Next, hold the leg on edge against the miter gauge extension and cut the dado in the outside edge to accommodate the end rail (right). To prepare the end rails, shift the fence for a IV2 inch long rabbet, then make the cut on the inside faces of the end rails. The final step is to trim % inch from each end of the end rails. This will allow the end rails to sit flush against the legs.

Miter gauge extension

CORNER HALF-LAP JOINT JIG

If you have to make corner half-laps in several boards of the same size, it is worth taking the time to build the jig shown at right. Cut the two base pieces and the stop block from plywood the same thickness as your stock. The base pieces should be wide enough to accommodate the edge guides and support the router base plate as you cut the half-laps. Use solid wood strips for the four edge guides.

To assemble the jig, mark the shoulder of the half-lap on one work-piece and set the board face-up on a work surface. Butt the base pieces against the edges of the board so the shoulder mark is near the middle of the base pieces. Install a straight bit in the router and align the cutter with the shoulder mark. Position one end guide across the base pieces and against the tool's base plate. Without moving the workpiece, repeat the procedure to position the opposite guide. Now align the bit with the edges of the workpiece and attach the side guides, leaving a slight gap between the router base plate and each guide. (The first half-lap you make with the jig will rout reference grooves in the base pieces.) Slip the stop block under the end guide, butt it against the end of the workpiece, and screw it in place. Countersink all fasteners.

To use the jig, clamp it to the work surface and slide the workpiece between the base pieces until it butts against the stop block. Protecting the stock with a wood pad, clamp the workpiece in place. Adjust the router's cutting depth to one-half the stock thickness. Then, with the router positioned inside the guides, grip the tool firmly, turn it on, and lower the bit into the workpiece. Guide the router in a clockwise direction to cut the outside edges of the half-lap, keeping the base plate flush against a guide at all times. Then rout out the remaining waste, feeding the tool against the direction of bit rotation.

SIde guide baae pieces

Reference groove

Stop block

SIde guide baae pieces

Reference groove

Stop block

Support bracket
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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