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#1 posted 05-25-2014 03:24 PM

I don’t measure.

Take a rabbet as an example. I actually use a marking gauge, set on the board that’s gonna fit in that rabbet, and mark the cut line on the board that’s gonna be cut. Lay the board to be cut mark side down on the table, and BY EYE set the fence to intentionally give a cut that’s a bit too small. From that cut, I “inch up” on a perfect fit.

In your terminology, that’s the OUTER part of the tenon / rabbet. That is, after the first cut, the tenon is too short or the rabbet is too narrow.

When I first started “inching up”, I occasionally would over-shoot – due to impatience to get to the right setting. With practice, I’m at the point where I can usually get the setup right-on in three cuts (and I usually do this setup on scrap).

Its a lot harder to describe than it is to do. In practice, its quite intuitive.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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