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Cut mortises deeper than needed

Cut mortises deeper than needed

Because of the cutting geometry of the drill bit and chisel, they won't leave a perfectly flat-bottomed mortise (right). To avoid time-consuming clean-up of the bottom with a chisel, set the depth stop to bore 18" deeper than the length of the tenon. This way, the extra wood will not interfere with full insertion of the tenon.

Bostik TopCote: 10 oz aerosol can,
Empire Dri-Tool: 2 oz pump-spray bottle, #EMMOCDTS2B, International Tool, 800-338-3384,
Magswitch MagJigs: 20mm (diameter) jig, #21910; 30 mm jig, #28844, Rockler Woodworking & Hardware, 800-279-4441,


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