Making Mortise and Tenon Joints by Taunton Press

By Taunton Press

Woodworkers depend upon the flexible mortise-and-tenon joint for making strong frames, panels, stools, tables and stands. Frank Klausz indicates you the way to make the joint cleanly and speedy, utilizing hand instruments or uncomplicated woodshop machines. you'll find out about: laying out for handwork, chiseling the mortises, sawing the tenons, laying out for router and handsaw, routing the mortises, bandsawing the tenons, laying out for mortiser and desk observed, creating a hollow-chisel mortiser, and dealing tenons at the desk observed.

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Step 6 • Cut the stopped grooves (which are the tracks for the guide dowels in the flipper door G) in the end panels A, using a 1 ⁄ 4" straight router bit. ) You can do this as shown on a router table or you can set up a router with a guide fence. Use the bottom of the panel as a reference for the guide fence. step 8 • Set up a dado cutter on the table saw and attach a sacrificial fence to your standard fence. Machine the drawer glides X and the drawer sides N, P and Q. Then machine the drawer backs R, S, T and U with just the rabbet for the drawer bottoms.

See the technical drawing for hole location. ^ ^ tip step 5 • When the dovetails have been cut and fit, dry fit the box to be sure all is in order. Then assemble using glue. The sides B and ends A of this box are thick enough that no clamping blocks were needed directly over the joint. Use no more clamping pressure than is needed so the parts don’t distort. Using a rabbet-cutting router bit, cut the 1 ⁄ 2" × 1 ⁄ 2" rabbet on the inside bottom of the box. Square out the corners of the rabbet and cut the bottom panel C to fit.

If you want to make a larger version of this chest, add more drawers or make the top deeper, feel free to do so. This is a basic starter unit for someone with a few screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers and socket sets. cabinetmaker’s This tool chest is a classic design. chest 45 70598 I project 07 044-053 new 9/4/08 8:19 PM Page 46 3/16" lip typ. on all drawer fronts. Raised panel detail 1" 1/8" 19° 5/16" 3/16" This is the angle as it is read on the table saw blade tilt gauge. Typical drawer construction 1/8" x 1" dowels Backs have no side groove, just rabbet for bottom.

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