Outline the feet on blanks and cut the mortises in them with a router and the commercial mortising jig shown above. The jig features two guide pins that butt against opposite faces of a workpiece, ensuring that the mortise is centered on the edge. Install a '/2-inch mortising bit in a router and set the cutting depth to cut the l'/s-inch-deep mortise in three or four passes. Secure one foot edge up on your bench and mark the beginning and end of the mortise. Plunge the bit into the stock at one end of the mortise, then feed the cutter to the other end, making sure the guide pins both ride along the workpiece throughout the cut. Repeat for the other foot, then square the corners of the mortises with a chisel.
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