By Albert Jackson
What's a cabinet-maker, if now not a talented maker of joints? the color of the wooden, or even a near-perfect floor end, could be the preliminary issues that draw our recognition to a section of labor, however it isn’t very lengthy prior to we slide open a drawer or commence peering inside of a cabinet to determine and think the standard of the joints. this can be rarely incredible, simply because many of us ponder joint-making to be the genuine degree of a craftsman, no longer least simply because slicing finejoints calls for in-depth knowledgeof one’s fabrics and a level ofproficiency with a large choice ofhandtools or machines. In addition,there is the alternative of joint, which unearths whatever a few woodworker’s point of expertise. A joint needs to, firstly, be useful toprovide enough energy, yet itshould even be according to the general kind of the piece for which it really is meant briefly, it needs to be the proper joint for the task.
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Then attach the template to each stretcher with doublefaced tape and use a bearing-guided, flushcutting router bit to smooth the arch. Assemble the ends of the base At this point, finish sanding all of the parts made so far and assemble the ends of the table base. Before glue-up, make two wedges for each through-tenon. The wedges should be thick enough to fill the 1⁄16 -in. gap at each end of the mortise before they bottom out in the sawkerf. Drive and trim the wedges. During glue-up, drive in the two wedges evenly to ensure proper assembly (above).
End grain that runs from inside corner to outside corner will create flow lines (right). Side-to-side grain will produce bull’seyes (far right). Rough-cut the profile on the bandsaw. after turning the pad foot, trace the layout onto two faces of the blank and cut one face (top right). leave the waste area above the knee intact for now. Then tape the cutoffs back in place and cut the second face (bottom right). The cutoffs support the work for safe and accurate cutting of the adjacent sides. do not remove the waste until after dry-fitting the legs to the aprons.
To estimate this distance consistently, imagine that the space between each center point and each adjacent corner is divided into 12 equal parts. From each center, count five units toward the corners and make your marks at those locations. Draw additional layout lines from these marks up and down the blank. Use a chisel and rasp to remove the material between these second layout lines, creating a broad chamfer. Now mark the centerlines of the chamfers. Refine the profile by paring about halfway in from these centerlines and the original ones to remove the newly created corners.
Collins Good Wood Joints by Albert Jackson