Kerfmaker stop block. Repeatable PERFECT dados in the middle of your piece without ever measuring.

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Blog entry by JSB posted 04-03-2013 04:49 AM 3550 reads 7 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Building my first kerfmaker has opened up an awesome door in my shop. I have used it for quite a few projects and think it is one of the most simple, useful, and easy jigs to make. I have taken the same approach with stop blocks lately. With a kerfmaker stop block you can make a perfect halflap or dado joint in the middle of your work piece without ever measuring. Here’s a link to the article on my site with two videos showing it. Precision is so easy!

-- Jay -

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#1 posted 04-04-2013 01:31 AM

722 reads, 3 times favorited, and no comments? I for one appreciate you taking the time to post this and I was impressed with the technique since I am a big fan of half lap joinery. I was also really impressed with your chisel paring skills! Thanks for posting this and I look forward to the next one.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 04-04-2013 01:59 AM

Well I appreciate you taking the time to post the comment! Half lap joints have become my go to joint lately. This kerfmaker setup is no longer a “tip” for me but rather a part of the process. Thanks for the kind words regarding the chisel work. That is a Walmart bought Stanley chisel that I always sharpen on my belt sander with a 60 grit belt. Works like a charm :) Have a good one gfadvm.

-- Jay -

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#3 posted 04-04-2013 10:55 AM

I have to agree with Andy (gfadvm). That’s a clever technique you came up with. Thanks for sharing it.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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