Dado Blades

A wobble blade (top) cuts a dado with a concave bottom, while a stack dado set (bottom) leaves a dado with a cleaner, flat bottom. I can still remember rushing back JL to the shop after buying my first dado blade. I quickly set up the blade on my table saw. Then grabbing a piece of wood from the scrap pile, I cut a dado and anxiously turned the piece over to inspect the results. I couldn't have been more disappointed. The edges were ragged and splintered, and the bottom of the dado was anything...

Half Laps

W With half laps, you can w do more than just build a simple frame. For both the lamp and the serving tray in this issue, we used half laps to create a grid. To do this, a series of half laps are cut along the center of the workpieces so they cross over each other. To do this, the tools are the same as with end laps, but the dado has to match the width of the laps or you have to make more than one pass, see next page . And the procedure is a little different too. For one thing, laying out and...

End Laps

Whenever you need to create a quick, strong frame, end laps are a good choice. I typically use my table saw, making multiple passes over a dado blade, refer to Fig. 4. And to support the workpieces, I use an auxiliary fence attached to the miter gauge. FENCE SETUP. The first step to cutting end laps is to get your dado blade set to the right height, see previous page. Once thaf s done, all thaf s left is to set up a stop to establish the width of the cut. Most times, I use my rip fence as a...

Cutting End Laps With A

Homemade Tenon Jig Plans

There's another way to cut end laps, and it's even cleaner than when making them in multiple passes. The only drawbacks are that this method requires two setups and a tenon jig and you can't use it to cut cross laps. To cut a half lap with this method, first you establish the shoulder of the lap. This setup is basically the same as the multiple pass method, except this time you use a regular blade instead of a dado blade. After the shoulder's cut, I use a tenon jig to cut the cheek, sneaking up...

Cutting Half Laps

If you're looking for a good, solid meat and potatoes joint that can be made quickly, half laps may be just the ticket. Here, we walk you through the procedure for cutting half laps, along with some shop-tested tips for getting a perfect-fitting joint. Lantern-Base Lamp 16 This lamp has an interesting design of half-lap grids on the sides. But the real surprise comes when you turn it on. A small bulb in the base of the lamp casts a lantern-like glow. Hall Home is where you hang your hat. And...

Feature Project

A This lamp features two bulbs one in the base and one above. A switch with three settings allows you to turn on the base only, the top only, or both at once. There's no genie inside this lamp instead it houses a small bulb that casts a soft, diffuse light. And a wood grid in front of the panels creates a unique design. 01 ne of my favorite childhood memories is of my father digging out an old oil lantern whenever a storm knocked out our electrical power. The whole family would sit huddled...

Clamping

I've always had a difficult time trying to use ordinary bar or pipe clamps to glue up small panels or frames. The size and weight of the clamps makes them unwieldy. So instead, I came up with a gluing and clamping jig that can be used for small projects. My jig uses a couple of pivoting arms to trap the workpieces. The arms equalize the pressure along the length of the edges being clamped. Clamping pressure is applied by using Drill counterbores on bottom of base for carriage bolt heads wedges...

Making Dowels

Making Dowels

While rounding up the materials for the serving tray see page 6 , I looked high and low for a l-dia. mahogany dowel. When I couldn't find one locally, I decided to make my own. The idea behind making a dowel is pretty simple. You start with a long, straight piece of square stock and simply rout a roundover on all four edges. The only problem is that after you've routed the first three roundovers, there isn't anything for the bearing of the router bit to ride on while routing the fourth and...

Woodworking Technique

Alf laps have two great benefits They're strong and quick. The joints are strong because there's a lot of face-to-face surface for a good glue joint. And half laps are quick because both workpieces can usually be cut with the same setup. To cut a half lap, half the thickness of each piece is removed so the two overlap and their faces are flush. In most cases I use a table saw and a dado blade. But there are times when I prefer the router table, see page 15. I should also point out that half...

Rip Fence As A Stop

Half Lap Grid

Occasionally, well get a tetter warning us about the danger of using the rip fence as a stop when pushing a piece with the miter gauge. The danger is that the cut-off piece can kick back at you. And we agree. You should never cut completely through a piece using both the rip fence and miter gauge. The key word is completely. And when cutting half laps, you're not cutting completely through the workpiece, so there's no cutoff piece to kick back at you. Use rip fence as a stop so all blanks Dado...

Louvered Doors

Door Stiles

Awhile back, I was building a small wall cabinet that called for louvered doors. But instead of making a complicated jig to rout the slots for the louvers in the door stiles, I came up with a different method that allowed me to quickly cut the slots on a table saw. I made a louver strip by cutting the slots on a separate blank, see drawing. Then the blank is glued into a groove cut on the edge of the door stile. I cut the grooves in the edges of the door stiles first This way, the louver strips...

Spindle Sander Jointer

I don't have a jointer in my fit around the drum of my shop, so I came up with a oscillating spindle sander. way to use my oscillating Then to create an offset spindle sander for jointing between the front and back edges. I just made a simple of the fence, I shaved about jointing fence. V32 off the infeed side of The fence is nothing the fence, see detail 'a', more than a straight board The deeper the cut, the with a U-shaped cut out to slower you'll have to feed To use the fence, simply clamp...