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Cope and Stick


Finish the tenons.
Bevel the edges

Install any dovetail bit with a 1/4" shank in your router, mounted in a router table. A 1/2" shank would rub against the middle of the workpiece and ruin your alignment. (Note: It's helpful to make several auxiliary fences with different-sized openings. For each bit, use a fence with an opening just big enough for that bit.)

Raise the bit so that it extends to the top surface of the workpiece. Set the fence to allow the bit to slice off just enough material to bevel the top half of the inside edge, as shown in the drawing. Make that cut, then flip the piece over and mill the other half of the same inside edge. Rout all the rails and stiles this way.

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