HowTo Offset Shoulders

Start the tenon by setting up to cut the shorter inside cheeks. You want a shoulder-to-shoulder length of 10V2. Outside Cheeks. You'll need to adjust the rip fence for the outside cheek cuts. At this point, you can test fit the tenon to the stile mortise. Inside Cheeks. Start the tenon by setting up to cut the shorter inside cheeks. You want a shoulder-to-shoulder length of 10V2. Edge Shoulders. Next, use the same rip fence setting and blade height to cut the edge shoulders....

HowTo Side Dadoes Rabbets

Dado Blades And Molding Head

The 7 -wide dadoes are cut in two passes. I placed a spacer against the rip fence to make the first pass. Upper Rabbet. Start the upper rabbet by aligning the side with a mark on the fence and then plunging into the bit. Wide Dadoes. The 7 -wide dadoes are cut in two passes. I placed a spacer against the rip fence to make the first pass. Lower Rabbet. The lower rabbet on the left side is started from the end. The opposite rabbet will require a plunge cut. Upper Rabbet. Start the...

Start with the

NOTE Mortises and grooves centered on width of legs The bench consists of a front and back frame that hold the storage bays in between. Starting with the front frame allows you to practice and perfect your technique for cutting and fitting loose tenons. This way, when you get to work on the more involved back frame, you'll be an old hand at the joinery and assembly processes. The frame is simply two legs joined by two rails. As I said earlier, the loose tenons provide strong joints. I used the...

Box Joint Fine Tune

Inner Cabinet Box Joints

Once the jig is adjusted properly, making the actual cuts only takes a few minutes. So you can afford to make as many test cuts as necessary to get it right. The goal is pins and slots that are a very close match not too tight or too loose, as in the near right drawing. To achieve this, you simply tweak the spacing between the indexing pin and the blade. f made test cuts on square pieces to adjust the setup. Butt a test piece up to the pin and cut a slot. Lift the piece, place the slot over the...

HowTo Make Spacers Open Grooves

Start with extra-wide stock for the spacers and round over the corners with 220-grit sandpaper. Ease the Corners. Start with extra-wide stock for the spacers and round over the corners with 220-grit sandpaper. Rip the Spacers. At the table saw, rip the spacer stock to final width. Use a push block to make the cut safely. Cut to Length. With an auxiliary fence on the miter gauge and a stop block attached to the rip fence, trim the Spacers to final length. Attach stop block to...

Shellac

For a top-notch finish, user-friendly shellac is always a good bet. Shellac has always been one of my favorite finishes for a couple of reasons. It's both versatile and easy to use. And when it comes to producing a quality finish, that combination is hard to beat. Shellac is almost universally compatibile with other types of finishes and stains. It's the perfect sealer. And on its own, shellac makes a great, easy-to-apply finishing system - sealer and topcoat. Shellac may be the fastest drying...

Bottoms

Grain of drawer bottom runs from side to side Groove in drawer front allows for expansion Slip is glued to drawer side and holds bottom When building a drawer with a solid-wood bottom, the back of the drawer is cut narrow so the bottom can be slid underneath it. Add authenticity to your heirloom projects by incorporating this traditional feature. Whenever I'm building a project that includes drawers, I usually make the drawer bottoms out of plywood or hardboard held in grooves on all four...

Coping Fret Saws

Scrollsaw Blade

For smooth, curved cuts and other fine work, it's tough to beat the results you can get with these essential saws. Coping saws and fret saws may have odd shapes, but they offer unique capabilities for cutting small workpieces. You don't always need to turn on a power tool like a jig saw or band saw to cut curved workpieces. If the pieces are small, a coping saw, or its cousin the fret saw, might be the better choice. Though it's often dismissed as just a rough carpentry tool, a coping saw can...

How Tot Drawer Bottom as a Stop

Box Joint Drawer Bottom

When making small drawers, I sometimes use the bottom of the drawer as a stop. Simply make the drawer bottom a bit wider longer so that it extends out the back of the drawer, hitting the back of the case and stopping the drawer. By starting with an extra wide drawer bottom, you can plane material off the back edge a little at a time until the drawer stops where you want it to. You can use this technique with plywood or hardboard drawer bottoms as well. Just trim the bottom to the correct width...