Shop Notes

MOLDING MITER BOX

■ There are several tools that can be used to cut miters. But the problem I faced was how to cut miters on the small molding strips for the Chairside Chest. 1 spent a few minutes building a special miter box just for small pieces of molding.

features. What's nice about this miter box is the thick fence. It has two slots that are sized to hold my saw without any wobble, and guide it at exactly 45°.

base. To build this miter box, start by cutting a base out of 3V plywood 3" wide by 12" long. Then, to hold the fence in place, cut a groove along the base V4" from the back edge, see Fig. 1.

fence. The fence starts out as a block of lW-thick hardwood, 12 W long.

The width of the fence (which will be it's height when mounted on the base) should be V4" taller than the maximum cutting depth of the saw you 11 be using to cut the miters, see Fig. 2. (The V4" allows for the depth of the groove in the base.)

If you use a back saw, the stiff back will control the depth of cut as you're cutting the miters, see photo at right.

Next, cut the fence block into three sections at 45* angles, so the left (A) and right (C) sections are both 5V£" long. Save

the middle section (B).

assembly. To assemble the miter box. glue the left piece (A) down first. Then place your saw against the end of the left piece to position the middle piece (B)

and glue it in place. Finally, use your saw again to position the right piece (C).

When using the miter box, I clamp it to my bench to keep everything steady.

c-clamp

SECOND: put back saw between piece a & b

FIRST: glue piece a flush with end of base cutting depth

THIRD: glue piece c in place cut fence cut ' 4"

taller than cut dado 1/4" deep 1 v4" wide base plywood taller than c-clamp

SECOND: put back saw between piece a & b cut fence cut ' 4"

FIRST: glue piece a flush with end of base cutting depth

THIRD: glue piece c in place cut dado 1/4" deep 1 v4" wide base plywood

DUPLICATE TENONS

■ Ordinarily when I cut tenons on rails, I cut them one at a time. But for the small rails on the Plant Stand in this issue, I did something different.

First, I started out with a wide blank. Then I cut tongues on the ends of this blank. When the blank is ripped into equal-size strips, you've got rails with tenons on the ends.

preparation. To do this, attach an auxiliary fence to the rip fence, see Fig. la.

Then start with a blank wide enough for all the rails needed.

Be sure to allow for the saw kerfs and also for chipout as the blade completes its cut. ripping the rails. After cut ting the tongues, rip the blank into strips to produce rails with identical tenons on their ends, see Fig. 2.

no chipout. This method eliminates chipout that can occur when cutting tenons one at a time.

Attaching Auxiliary Fence Rip Fence

auxiliary fence rr workpiece dado j a blade v dado blade

FIRST:

cut tongues on ends of blank

DRAWER

HINGE drawer CATCH

Apothecary Chest Plans

CUT NOTCH IN DRAWER BACK

drawer closed

drawer closed

HINGE drawer CATCH

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