Right. Clamp to work, run router around fences. The hard part is getting
the mortice centered; however, it isn't necessary to get the mortice dead
center, you just have to pay attention to how you attach the jig to the
workpiece...be sure that any offset from center is correct for where the
workpiece will be attached.
A router with both a fixed and a plunge base, a home built mortising
jig for the PB router and you're in business.
How you get a bunch of duplicate slats without a table saw is another
That shouldn't be a problem. I jury-rigged this:
... to trim the shelves on my latest project to exact length, because this:
...wasn't long enough to affix a stop to.
I figure to make a longer zero-clearance "table" the same way I made the
first one. I have one or two (hopefully simpler) projects in mind first,
but if I build the end tables this way I'll need to make a lot of
Yes I do it as and yes there is a simpler way. As I explained recently, you
can use "Move" modified with control to make and move as many duplicates as
you desire. You can set the spacing too.
In that case, why not just make your own gizmo? Drill two holes in a 2x4
with the spacing desired, add fences to position a workpiece, put on
workpiece, drill through the holes in the 2x4.
Id put glue on the dowels and a bit on the other surfaces but not so much
that it squeezes out.
If you want to use thickened epoxy, you don't need the dowels.
You could screw/nail through the bottom rail into the end pieces, wouldn't
show. They would show in the middle rail but that isn't necessarily bad.
You could rout the rails so thay have a tenon, route matching tongues in the
uprights and cut off excess tongue later. Fussy and I wouldn't do it but it
could be done. You could do it vice versa too; i.e., groove in the rails,
tongue on the spindles, fill the empty portions of the groove later (with
wood). I have done that, not all that hard.
Plain glue. That is all you need.. If you just have to have a mechanical
joint too, tongue & groove. Or dowels; T&G is easier but if you wanted to
use through dowels and let them show, that is easy.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.