Published at Thursday, September 27th 2018. by Glenda Bolton in Storage Bench.
So that's how I set my blade and make sure my miter gauge was square making this lap joint is really simple if you've never done it before just use your miter gauge to make sure your piece is running square to the blade and then take multiple passes to remove the material until you reach the fence and once you're finished, the void should be the same size as the two by fours you're, using for the stretchers, but that's not the only lap joint we'll be making on the top part of the legs.
I rotated the leg, 90 degrees and then cut a lap joint, the exact same size. On that side. I know I wanted the stretcher on the bottom of my leg, to start 5 inches from the floor. So that's where I started my lap joint. Then I just continued to make multiple passes the same way I did on the top section of the legs to create that void. Remember it's always good to sneak up on your cut. You can always take away more wood, but you can't add it back. Unlike the top of the legs, the bottom stretchers are offset, I wanted the apron to touch the tabletop all the way around.
That's why I have that double lap joint, but because I don't need to do that on the bottom. This will provide a stronger joint remember to keep track of what side you're cutting this inside lap joint on instead of four identical legs, you need two pairs of legs that way all the stretchers line up correctly. So that's why you saw me mark west side was gonna be cut and up on the side that would be facing me now.
I know everyone doesn't have a table saw so really quickly. I'm going to show you how you can make these legs using just a circular saw making lap joints with a circular saw is not a fast process and I could avoid cutting one set in the glue up instead of 230-inch pieces. I cut one 30 inch piece, then a five-inch piece and an 18-inch piece. I clamp the five-inch piece flush to the bottom of the legs.
Then I used a scrap piece of the two by fours were using as a placeholder. While I could line up the 18-inch piece, this gave me one set of lap joints, but I still had to cut the other. I used the 12-inch speed square to make sure I was always cutting square to my work piece and I just kept taking passes until I had avoided the same size as that 2x4.
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