For your Drill Press

A drill press mortising attachment is less expensive and takes up less space than a stand-alone mortiser. The problem is the fence, damps, and hold-downs are often too small for many mortising jobs A drill press mortising attachment is less expensive and takes up less space than a stand-alone mortiser. The problem is the fence, damps, and hold-downs are often too small for many mortising jobs A dedicated mortising machine (see page 14) works great for making mortises. But there is a less...

Futon Hardware Groove Template

Futon Stretcher

Rout the grooves deep with a W-dia. straight bit and V Q.D. _ rjt bujW ig NOTE Template should be flush with leg and tight against bottom surface of arm Rout the grooves. To align the template, damp it In place so it's tight against the arm and flush with the back edge of the leg. Barrel Nuts. The first step is to drill 7 m-dia. Bolt holes. After drilling holes In the legs, holes for the barrel nuts. For accuracy, I did drill matching VS-dia. holes in the stretchers this on the drill press with...

Legs

I like to start work on a table by making the legs, and if you take a look at the drawing at right, you'll see that this is a straightforward task. GETTING STARTED. The first thing vou'll need to do is to cut four identical legs A to size from l3 4-thick stock at the table saw. When this job is complete, it's a good idea to take time to pair up the legs for the best look front and back and then mark them clearly on the top. THE MORTISES. The box below shows you the steps to hand mortising. With...

Making The Cuts

Routing The End Grain

Actually, routing a chamfer isn't all that difficult of an operation. The one thing you'll want to look out for is tearout. Most of the time, tearout happens while routing the end grain of a workpiece. You can see the reason why in the upper left drawing. The last fibers on the corner of the board are unsupported and split when the bit comes along. PREVENTING TEAROUT. I've found there are a few things you can do to prevent and minimize tearout. The best way is to take multiple light passes....