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 the legs cut to size, you begin by laying out the four mortises on each leg. I like to "gang them up" and mark them all at once as shown below.

With the layout completed, the next step is to gather up the four legs and take them to the drill press. Here, I drill a series of overlapping holes to remove most of the waste from the mortises.

Take a look at detail 'a' and you'll see how the two adjacent mortises meet in the leg. What this means is that when drilling the second mortise into the previously

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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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