Reference Line

Miter the rail's sticking by aligning the tenon's shoulder with the reference line.

Mark the backing board attached to the miter gauge. Draw a reference line from the corner of the kerf. Continue the line over the top of the backing board.

When setting up the mortiser, I add three numbers to calculate how deep to cut: 1) the length of the tenon, 2) the width of the sticking, and 3) another 1/16", to ensure that the tenon doesn't bottom out during assembly and to make room for excess glue.

Cut the tenons to fit

To cut the tenons, I use a stacking dado set and guide the workpiece with the miter gauge (Photo 5). I cut the same amount from both sides to center the tenon on the rail.The tablesaw's fence serves as a stop to limit the tenon's length. I cut a tenon on the test stock first and gradually raise the dado set until the test tenon fits snug in the mortise (Photo 6).

To gauge the fit of the tenon, I slide it into the mortise with hand pressure alone. If I were to need a mallet to insert the tenon, I know that the tenon

Stile Layout Lines


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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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