Thursday, January 28, 2010

making wedges

The table I'm making requires walnut wedges to lock the through tenons in place. So, I plane wood to the thickness of the tenons, then cut wide sections the same length as the tenons. Using the miter gauge set up as shown and with a stop block to control the thickness of the wedges, I cut one after another, flipping the stock over with each cut to achieve the correct taper.

This special fence clamped to the miter gauge gives support to the cut similar to what a table saw sled would provide, but allows me to adjust the angle of the cut. The sliding stop block is used to position the stock and is then slid out of the way to keep from trapping the material against the blade.

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