Problems Notching a 1x2

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Forum topic by LDubb posted 723 days ago 765 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve rebuilt my dad’s 1964 Shopsmith Mark V and I’m teaching myself how to use it by jumping right in on a project.

I’m following one of the ShopNotes plans for a flip-top work table. Nearing the end of the project, I need to cut a 3/8” x 2” notch in each end of two 1×2s. The directions say to use a table saw and “sneak up on the blade.” I’ve tried several different ways of “sneaking,” but I cannot get this notch cut correctly.

Any ideas? Thanks for your help.

Flower Mound, TX
1964 Shopsmith Mark V
1966 Powr-Kraft Radial Arm Saw

-- Lewis, Flower Mound, TX

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#1 posted 723 days ago

In short:

Raise the blade 3/8 of an inch

Draw a line 2 inches from end of each board.

Using the miter gauge and make a cut so the edge of the blade is just inside the line.

Make multiple passes between the first cut and the end of the board until all the wood in the notch is removed.

Flip the board and do the other end.

BTW – welcome to Lumberjocks

-- Joe

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#2 posted 723 days ago

If you had a tenoning jig you could do it with that as well. Or a handsaw.

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Paul M Cohen

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#3 posted 720 days ago

On the Shopsmith there is a collar available that will allow raising or lowering the blade (really the table) in 1/1000” increments if you are trying to get the height correct (depth). If it is the width you can move the quill in very small increments and using the quill stop to lock the previous position again extremely precise.

-- Paul, Beaverton OR,

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