Preparing the rail for the back slats

Cut the groove for the slats along the rail on your table saw equipped with a dado head. Adjust the width of the blades to the slat thickness—% inch—and the cutting height to 1 Inch. Center the rail over the blades and butt the rip fence against the stock. To help keep the rail pressed against the fence, clamp a feather-board to the saw table, braced by a support board installed at a 90° angle; round over the top edge of the featherboard to facilitate lowering the workpiece onto the blades. To help you determine the position of the dado head when it is hidden by the rail during the cut, mark two lines on the fence at the point where the blades start and stop cutting. Holding the rail against the fence just above the blades and aligning the front end of the piece with the cutting mark on the fence, slowly lower it onto the head (above, left). Once the rail is sitting squarely on the table, feed it forward while pressing it against the fence (above, right). Stop the cut once the back end of the rail reaches the back cutting mark.

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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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