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Four easy steps to lap-joint sucess

Four easy steps to lap-joint sucess

Step 1: Making the joint

Install your complete dado set so you get the widest cut possible with it (typically 13/16). Raise the blade above the table (exact height isn't important yet). Adjust your rip fence so one edge of your workpiece butts against the fence and the opposite edge aligns with the side of the dado set farthest from the fence (as shown in the illustration).

If all of your workpieces are of the same width, you can leave your fence at this position for all of the following cuts. If you're working with pieces of different widths, keep in mind that you use a workpiece's adjoining piece to set the fence for its half-lap cut. For example, with a door frame use the horizontal workpieces (the rails) to set the fence for the cuts in the vertical workpieces (the stiles), and vice versa.


Continued on page 3:  Step 2: Test cutting depth

 

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blurover wrote:

I believe mmyjak has a good point. You should us a short stop block against the fence that allows the work piece to clear before the cut begins. Also, the method described by berowen uses much less material.

9/2/2012 07:57:04 AM Report Abuse
wdworker509644 wrote:

Miter gauge can be used safely IF the cut is not all the way through the stock.

7/21/2012 05:43:39 PM Report Abuse
kerrygmo wrote:

Berowen, thanks for that tip. That's as easy as it gets.

7/19/2012 10:41:18 PM Report Abuse
mmyjak wrote:

I don't like to advocate using the Miter Gauge in conjunction with the Rip Fence. Rather then instill a potentially bad habit, its just as easy to use a gauge block clamped to the rip fence.

5/4/2012 08:33:23 AM Report Abuse
berowen wrote:

Alternative method for setting depth is to use a scrap piece that is the same thickness as your project wood. Raise your blade to just under 1/2 the stock thickness (eyeballing will do). Make a test cut, flip the piece, make another cut. Bump up the blade height again and repeat the two cuts until the left over sliver of wood just disappears. You should now have a perfectly set blade height.

5/3/2012 10:34:22 AM Report Abuse

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