Back Face

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Free the keys with a rip cut. Making this cut on the bandsaw eliminates the risk of dangerous kickback that exists whenever you cut small pieces on a tablesaw.

15. Center the base and mark its location. Then slide it a couple inches off center and apply glue (Photo 10). Slide the base home. Keep a mallet handy, in case the glue swells the joints enough to require a little extra persuasion. Fasten the base to the top with screws through the rail.

Make the Tapered Keys

16. Cut the dovetail-shaped keys from a wide blank, oriented so the faces will show end grain. (Photo 11; Fig. A, Detail 2). The tapered sides match the 14-degree slope of the dovetail sockets. Leave the keys a hair wide so they'll still fit snugly after you've sanded them smooth.

17. The faces of the keys bevel at different angles, so two setups are necessary (Photo 12). After the faces have been cut, rip the completed keys from the blank (Photo 13) and fit them to the sockets (Photo 14). MJ

Sources

Freud Inc.

(800) 334-4107. www.freudtools.com l/2-in.-dia. dovetail bit (1/2-in. shank), #22-112, $25.

Free the keys with a rip cut. Making this cut on the bandsaw eliminates the risk of dangerous kickback that exists whenever you cut small pieces on a tablesaw.

Fit the keys. Remove saw marks and fine-tune the fit by sanding. Before gluing the keys in place, I highlighted them with a dark stain. By attracting attention to the hidden joinery, these keys become the focal point of the bench.

Sources

Freud Inc.

(800) 334-4107. www.freudtools.com l/2-in.-dia. dovetail bit (1/2-in. shank), #22-112, $25.

Cutting List

Overall Dimensions: 48"L x 12-l/4"Wx 17-1/2"H

Name

Qty.

Dimensions

Comments

3/8" x 1" dovetail sockets centered 6-9/16" from both ends.

23/64" x 1" dovetail on top edge. 1-1/8" x 2-23/64" notch. Both sides taper 1" from bottom to top.

Rail

Sides beveled at 14 degrees to match dovetail sockets. Back face beveled at 3 degrees to match tapered leg. Front face beveled at 10 degrees.

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