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Half-lap joints

Step 2: Test cutting depth

Step 2: Test cutting depth

Set the cutting depth of the dado set so it removes precisely one-half of the workpiece thickness. Test your cutting depth with two pieces of scrap stock of the same thickness as your workpieces. After cutting the scrap pieces, lay them on a flat surface and align them as shown. The top and bottom faces should be flush.

Continued on page 4:  Step 3: Cut the joint


Comments (5)
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
kerrygmo wrote:

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

7/19/2012 10:41:18 PM 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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