Woodworking Essentials: Basic Joinery

By Nick Engler
Pages: 45-52

From the December 2004 issue #145
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There are three basic saw cuts: crosscuts, rips and miters. Crosscuts are made perpendicular to the wood grain, rips are cut parallel to the grain and miters are made at angles diagonally across the grain. None of these requires elaborate jigs or complex techniques, but they are the building blocks to basic joinery on the table saw.

Rips and crosscuts are used to form many joints, including the basic edge and butt joints, which can be used to glue up a tabletop or door frame. These two cuts are also used to cut rabbets, grooves and dados. And a variation of these cuts will create a miter joint. In Chapter 2 we discussed crosscuts and rips. Now it’s time to learn about miters.

From the December 2004 issue #145
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