Power-tool Joinery

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Power-tool Joinery

Tricks and procedures for perfect tool setups. By Bill Hylton Pages: 84-86 From the April 2006 issue #154 Buy this issue now When you are using power tools for cutting parts and joinery, accuracy has less to do with laying out individual workpieces and more to do with mastering setups. I have a simple...

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Power-tool Joinery: Half-Blind Dovetails by Jig

Not everyone’s ready to tackle hand-cut dovetails. Here’s how to get the most from your router and jig. By Bill Hylton Pages: 92-94 From the  February 2006 issue #153 Buy this issue now Dovetails are prime joints. Long history, great appearance and cachet. Used in boxes, drawers and carcases. But for many woodworkers, cutting...

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Power-tool Joinery: Beaded Face Frames

Discover how to join rails and stiles when you just can’t cope. By Bill Hylton Pages: 90-92 From the April 2007 issue #161 Buy this issue now Sticking is the profile cut on the edge of a frame’s rails and stiles. These days, we generally cut such profiles on the router table, and most...

Making a Jig for Through Mortises

A jig is, by definition, a problem-solving device. As such, it shouldn’t take more time to make the jig than it would to perform the operation without it. If the purpose of the jig is to replace an operation that requires a lot of skill, how can you make the jig if you lack...

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Power-tool Joinery: Sliding Dovetails

Strong and versatile, this joint is simple to make with a router. By Bill Hylton Pages: 30-32 From the December 2004 issue #145 Buy this issue now For the woodworker who builds furniture and cabinets, the sliding dovetail is a joint well worth mastering. It’s strong and versatile, with myriad applications, from case construction...

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Power-tool Joinery: Table Saw Tenon Jig

A simple and inexpensive accessory that will cut accurate joints. By Bill Hylton Pages: 94-96 From the November 2004 issue #144 Buy this issue now The mortise and tenon is one of those fundamental joints you’re obligated to master. It’s used for building frames of all sorts (including post-and-beam architectural frames), as well as...

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Power-tool Joinery: Router-made Mortises & Tenons

There are many ways to make this joint, but none is better than with the router. By Bill Hylton Pages: 34-36 From the October 2004 issue #143 Buy this issue now The traditional way to make a mortise is to chop it out with a chisel and mallet; the matching tenon is cut with...

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Power-tool Joinery: Lock Joint Holds Drawers Tight

A good substitute for traditional methods, this joint is strong and easy to make. By Bill Hylton Pages: 26-28 From the August 2004 issue #142 Buy this issue now A couple of hundred years ago, most drawers were assembled with hand-cut dovetail joints – half-blinds up front, through dovetails at the back. But it’s...

Hollow Mortise Chisel Tune-up

I’ve always been geeky about sharpening things, not in the sense of polishing chisel backs to #32,000 grit, but having a good edge before going to work. Before using a router bit, I dress the edge with a diamond file, and I usually touch up the chisel before machine cutting mortises. Sharp is good,...