|Project by Bearpaw||posted 07-30-2015 03:34 PM||1247 views||2 times favorited||1 comment|
I had posted a project where I was making crosses to raise money for a mission trip. I made 31 of them. I made a fence that was the idea behind this one, but all of the stop blocks were held in place by a clamp. I needed one that I could set up quicker.
The fence has adjustable stops to limit the width of the cut. To set it up first make a set-up block. Take a small section of your stock and split it in half with the blade set up you will use to make the half lap joint with. Do not run this between a fence and the blade. It will give you a false dimension. Cut it with the fence by using a piece of wood to hold it in place. Then glue them together.
Set the stop block to where you want the first cut to be and lock the stop in place. Then place the set up block next to the stop block with your work piece next to it. Lock the other stop in place. You have now set the outer limits of the half lap joint. Remove the waste and you will now have a perfect joint to use.
I like and use my kerfmaster jig, but doing multiple piece, I find this a better way to do it. The other thing I liked about this project is everything is from scrap wood. Also, the fence can be used for making multiply cut to length.
The crosses did so well, I have another 9 to make.
The mission trip went great and I was able to pay my way and one other persons with the sale of the crosses. The wood for the crosses was scrap wood from the old church pews when we remodeled 8 years ago. I do not throw wood away.
-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin