Mark your through-hole with a tiny bit before drilling from the other side by Charlie Durfee — When drilling through-mortises on turned parts, Durfee starts with a partial hole with a Forstner bit, stopping short of drilling all the way through to avoid blowout. He then drills a small hole through the turned workpiece, using the centerpoint left behind by the Forstner bit to locate his bit. This small hole lets him drill accurately from the other side to create a through-mortise.
The same jig handles the front and rear housings. Because of the jig’s cleats, it will make perfectly mirrored housings for all of the dividers, greatly simplifying positioning and installing the runners later on. A bushing rides the plywood jig while the bit routs the slot. McLaughlin takes one pass, spins his router 180°, and takes another, guaranteeing the housings are centered even if his bit and bushing are not.
This jig cuts all types of tenons equally well, from narrow ones for table aprons to wide ones for breadboard ends to angled ones for chairs. Its main feature is a thick, laminated plywood bridge that straddles the tablesaw’s rip fence, dampening any vibration that could lead to inaccuracy. This bridge allows the jig to be adjustable and to work with the fence on either side of the blade.
Doweling is a great joinery technique for both veneered and solid-wood carcases. It creates a strong joint and is accessible to most any woodworker. The key is accuracy. David Welter uses the doweling technique he learned from James Krenov. One simple jig takes care of all the layout and ensures all the holes drilled are accurate.
Strong, budget-friendly, and reversible, screws are useful in a number of furniture making applications. Mike Korsak uses them in a variety of different ways, and here he offers his expertise on how to make the most of them: choosing the right screw, sizing drill bits for the job, correctly sizing the clearance hole and countersink, and putting together a fast and efficient routine when using them to build furniture.
This miter joint has been in use since the Ming dynasty, and it may seem daunting at first. But Andrew Hunter lays out all the steps to create the three-way miter, starting with accurate layout, moving on to some slick hand-tool and machine tips will get rid of the unwanted material and leave you with perfect tenons and miters, and moving on to shaping.
Breadboard ends serve the essential function of keeping tabletops flat. Gary Rogowski details four effective ways to attach them, from a light-duty tongue-and-groove joint to the super-strong tenons connected by haunches. They key is to choose the right option based on the size and function of your table.