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Mitered half-laps


Drilling into fence
Customize to fit your needs

For a different width, customize the rail routing jig by making the fence overlap and the slot between fences the same width as your frame stock, see photo. Then adjust the stile routing jig by making the fence overlap exactly half the width of your frame stock.

Cut the frame stiles and rails to the final height and width of your frame, mitering the ends of the rails only. Chuck a 1/2" straight bit into your table-mounted router and set the bit's height to remove half the thickness of the rail and stile stock. Then follow these four simple steps to set up and cut the mitered half-laps.

Mitered Half Laps

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