Contemporary TV Stand #2: Starting to build

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Blog entry by RDR posted 03-19-2011 11:49 PM 5934 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I decided to use a basic half lap joint on this project. I’ve never really used it before, so I wasn’t sure what the best way to accomplish it. I don’t have a dado stack, yet, and frankly I don’t trust the accuracy of my junk Skil router and homemade router table. So, I decided to build a sort of tenon jig to help me cut the joint.

This took longer than I wanted to due to several errors on my part. But, all things considered, it didn’t turn out too bad. I decided to run a test of the cut for my TV stand, and it really bogged down my saw and burned pretty badly. I think this was a due to a combination of my underpowered saw trying to take too big of a bite and cutting with the grain of the wood. I’m pretty sure I need to clean my blade, too. Regardless, I decided I’d have to figure out a way to make the cut easier.

So, I set my blade to just shy of the depth I needed on the shoulder of the cut and ran the piece through several times with my miter gauge.

Next, I broke out most of the little fingers left by the miter gauge and set the piece up in my new tenon jig to try the cut again.

I think I need to try to get the depth of the shoulder cut a bit closer for the rest of the build, as the saw still labored a bit, but the cut turned out pretty well.

I think this method will work fairly well, especially after I clean my saw blade. I’m pretty sure the MDF I cut for the jig and the pine gummed it up pretty well. But, that will have to wait for another day.

As always, comments are welcome. Thanks for looking.

-- The Dude abides...

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#1 posted 03-22-2011 06:22 AM

If you have a good depth stop on your DP you could also hog out lots of material with a Forstner bit. Looks like your rig did a good job though. Maybe a blade with more teeth? Switch to a link belt, it’s supposed to give the motor a bit more oomph.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#2 posted 03-22-2011 10:22 PM

Thanks for the input, Vicki. I wish that I could use any of your suggestions, but alas, I can’t. I actually don’t have a drill press (it’s on the short list, though), and my saw is a direct drive, due to lack of a proper workshop. We park our vehicles in the garage, so every time I want to set up a proper work space and not make a huge mess in the house I have to move the vehicles, haul my saw up the stairs and set everything up in the garage.

That being said, I’m pretty happy with my Ridgid R4510. Someday, when I have the room, I’d love to get a nice, powerful cabinet saw, but this saw is mobile, accurate, and pretty affordable.

-- The Dude abides...

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