Half-lap joints

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Forum topic by BJODay posted 01-30-2015 03:16 AM 691 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-30-2015 03:16 AM

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I’m making a glider bench. The plans call for some half-lap joints. The best way to make them would probably be a dado blade on the TS. I did this once and I don’t like it. I’m a chicken. So I was cutting them using a router table. Worked okay but pretty slow. Lots of small passes.

I thought I’d take some of the waste out with the band saw first then finish it on the router table. Well the BS cut it so well that I made the rest using it alone. It cut perfectly and I felt very safe doing it. I like this BS more and more every day.


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#1 posted 01-30-2015 03:46 PM

If you are not comfortable with a tool or process don’t do it .
Cutting with a band saw is a good way to do it but I would do a test glue joint to see how well it glues to make sure because the surface may not be suiteble for a glue joint and may need further work ..


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#2 posted 01-30-2015 03:56 PM

When I did the big half-lap joint on my coat tree project, I used the Bandsaw. After I used that, I cleaned up and pared to the line with a chisel. I think you’re on the right track, but may want to clean up the joint before gluing, depending on the surface left behind.

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#3 posted 01-30-2015 04:50 PM

If you can cut half lap on the bandsaw and go right to glue you are in business! But I would probably cut the joint shallow and creep up on the fit with a plane, block or shoulder, then finished the shoulder with a chisel to make it nice. I would do this coming off the TS or a router as well.

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