Infeed Table

Spade Foot and Taper

1. Lay out the taper and spade foot on the leg. Unplug the jointer and position a start block as you did for the long taper (see "Long Taper," Photo I. page 45).

2. Clamp a stop block on the outfeed table (Photo I). The stop taper is about 1/2 in. deep, so set the depth of cut to 1/2 in.

3. Turn on the jointer. With its foot against the start block, lower the leg and make the cut (Photo 2). Repeat for all four sides. Now you have a stopped taper with a square block on the end. Don't worry if you see some tearout at the top of the foot; it'll be cleaned up when ihe spade foot is cut.

4. To create the spade foot, remove the start and stop blocks from the jointer. Layout the spade foot. Make a sled similar to the one used for the short taper. Reset the depth of cut to approximately 1/8 in. and cut the short tapers that form the spade foot (Photo 3). Be sure to hold the top of the leg lightly against the fence to ensure that your tapers start square across the face of the foot.

All that's left is a bit of hand-sanding to smooth the faces and break the edges. With a few passes on a jointer and a little light sanding, you've created an attractive leg with a complex shape.

2 Push the leg over the cutterhead. Slow and steady is the pace to take. You can cut the entire 1/2-in. depth in one pass.

3 Create the foot using the same sled technique you used on the short taper. I added a 3/4-in. board to the short taper's sled to make this sted for the epade foot.

Cauls Distribute

Woodworking is sweet when everything fits right. Here are 10 ways to ensure your mortise-and-tenon, dado, dovetail and edge joints close up tightly.

Cauls Distribute

It's not easy to get enough squeeze in the middle of a big box to lor re home rlarln or hnr-nit joints. Big cauls are the answer.

A caul is simply a thick, straight board. I make my cauls from stiff wood, such as hard maple but any wood will do. The wider and thicker the caul, the less it ilexes and the better it delivers pressure far from the ck.mps. I made a set of eight, each measuring 1 -Si/4 x 3 x 24 in., to have around the shop whenever I need them.

Stout cauls like these should provide plenty of pressure, but you can get extra pressure in the middle by inserting one or more shims (1 use playing cards). You can also round or taper one of the caul's edges from the middle to each end to create a crown. I do a dry run with cauls top and bottom, without shims, and place a straightedge on the cabinet to sec whether the sides are flat. If one side bulges and needs more pressure in the {.-enter, I loosen the clamps, insert shims and retighten.

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There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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