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JL few sounds as rewarding as the "thunk" of a well-fit tenon sliding into a perfectly-shaped mortise. It signals the end of some of careful work. And you know the joint is going to be strong and durable.

Getting a good fit starts with cutting clean, square mortises. And though there are expensive tools you could buy to do this, the method I like is both accurate and quick and doesn't require anything more than a drill press and a couple chisels. It involves drilling a row of overlapping holes to remove the bulk of the waste and then squaring up the sides and ends with the chisels. That's it. But in order to get the best possible results, it helps to know a few of the "ins and outs."

T001S. The type of drill press you use isn't important What's important is that it has a table big enough to support your workpiece and that it has a fence to help you drill a straight row of holes. If not, adding an auxiliary table and a fence is a simple matter. (The fence doesn't have to be any

thing more than a straight piece of 2x4 stock clamped to the table.)

The other piece of equipment that deserves mention is the drill bit. Several different types of bits are com monly available, but in order to drill overlapping holes, you need a bit that won't wander or be pulled off center. The best bit I've found for this job is a Forstner bit. (If you don't have a set

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Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

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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