Stretcher Joinery Detail For Bench And Table

block to position the stock for the two outside cuts that mark the edges of the lap.

Adjust the height of the saw blade to cut exactly halfway through the width of the 2x4 stock. Make your first cut. turn the board, and make the second. (See Figure I.) After you have made all the outside cuts in all the stretchers, remove the stop block. Cut away the waste between the outside cuts by making repeated passes over the saw blade.

You can aLso use a dado cutter to make these joints. But only if the dado cutter will cut 1 deep.

  1. Use a stop block to automatically positon the stretchers to make the outside saw cuts on the lap joints in the middle of the stretchers
  2. Use a stop block to automatically positon the stretchers to make the outside saw cuts on the lap joints in the middle of the stretchers

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