Zeroclearance Insert

An accessory dado insert for your table saw won't cost you much ( 15 to 20). But a shop-made zero clearance insert can give you a cleaner cut, and it's also safer when you're working with narrow pieces. Start with a piece of wood (plywood works great) that's the same thickness as your insert (usually about Vk)- Then you can just use the insert as a pattern to make a new insert blank (Fig. 1). Now the next steps take a little care. With the dado blade lowered beneath the table and the blank in...

Premade Beaded Boards

For a different look, you may want to paint the beaded panels or the entire bench . If so, check your local home center or lumberyard for manufactured beaded board that's pre-primed or painted white. It will probably be MDF instead of solid wood, and it may have lap joints instead of tongue and groove, as in the right photo. To fit the panels into place, I still rabbeted the face of the panels so the beads end in the rail. To see how I did this, check out the box on page 27. However if the...

Twinblade Adjustable Dado

A couple of companies offer a twin-blade adjustable dado sometimes called a V-wobble . The two blades are connected in a T shape and move in and out as the hub is turned. This changes the shape of the V and the width of the cut. The idea is that it will make a cleaner, flatter-bottomed cut than a standard adjustable dado. And it does. But it's not a great improvement. You still get a scalloped bottom at most widths drawing below . But this blade is available in an 8 size, so if s a bit more...