After much delay, some sawdust has finally been made!
I decided that the way I was going to try to cut my half-lap joints was stupid. So, I ordered the dado stack I’ve been eyeballing for awhile.
Before I could use it, though, I had to make a throat insert for my saw. I used DChip’s method found here:
They took a bit of sanding to get them to sit flush, but all in all I’m pretty happy with them. I made some spares, too.
After getting the set up just right (as seen in the last picture), it was just a matter of letting the new dado stack eat! I’m pretty happy with the results. The dado stack is a 6 inch Oshlun that I got on Amazon for about 65 bucks. The 8 inch set was selling for about 5 bucks cheaper, actually, but my saw’s manual says not to use a stack bigger than 6 inches. I don’t really ever see myself needing to cut dadoes deep enough for an 8 inch stack anyway.
After a bit of sawing, I was left with the 20 pieces I’ll need to glue up to make the stand’s 5 frames.
I thought that cutting the joints so that the pieces stagger around the frame would make for a little bit more interesting visual, so that’s what I did. I guess it will only be visible on the front frame, that that’s ok. This way I can pick the best one for the front.
I’m considering possibly putting a 3/4 inch dowel through each of the joints on the front frame, too, just to add a little something. But I’m not sure about that yet. I also considered chamfering the inside edges of the frame, including along the joints. Again, not sure yet. Maybe both. Any thoughts?
Next step… the gluing. I’m not really looking forward to it :(
-- The Dude abides...