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Finish the mortises by chopping the corners square. Guide your chisel with the spacing blocks. Chop only halfway through from this side, then flip the workpiece over and chop from the other side. Remove the spacing blocks.

"I Mark the ends of each shelf's tenons directly from the 1 I mortises. Also, clearly mark each piece so you can put them back together the same way.

"1 *"J Cut the sides of the tenons. Fasten a tall backer board I £&> onto a crosscut sled for support.The backer board has a l/4-in.-thick ledge attached to its bottom. Line up the tenon marks with the kerf on this piece to make an accurate cut right on your line (see inset). Make four cuts side-by-side.

"1 *"J Cut the sides of the tenons. Fasten a tall backer board I £&> onto a crosscut sled for support.The backer board has a l/4-in.-thick ledge attached to its bottom. Line up the tenon marks with the kerf on this piece to make an accurate cut right on your line (see inset). Make four cuts side-by-side.

hole so the bit doesn't touch the sides, then rout all around the mortise with the top-bearing pattern bit (Photo 9).

15. Square the corners of the mortises with a 3/4-in. chisel (Photo 10). Use a flat file to ensure every corner is truly square. Sand over the outside edges of the mortises so they don't chip out.

Cut the Tenons

16. Rip the two long shelves (C and E) to width and cut them to length.

Try fitting their ends into the dadoes. If they're too tight, sand or plane the underside until they drop in place. A slightly loose fit is ideal.

17. Assemble and mark the shelves and sides. Draw the ends of the tenons on the shelves (Photo 11). Remove the shelves and continue the tenon layout lines onto the face of the shelves.

18. Saw the tenons (Photo 12). Raise the blade so it cuts 1/32 in. above the tenon's shoulder line. Overcutting eliminates the need for fussy cleanup work later, and it doesn't show.

19. Remove the rest of the waste with a jigsaw or bandsaw, staying 1/16 in. away from the shoulder lines. Then guide the router right on the shoulder lines with a 1/2-in.-thick template (Photo 13 and Cutting List, page 79). The template ensures both shelves are the same length.

20. File or chisel 45-degree chamfers on the end of each tenon.

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