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    Setup for Using a Rabbeted Half Blind Dovetail Jig

    Everyone loves the handsome, distinguished look of dovetails, and on top of that they are an extremely strong, durable joint. Half blind dovetails are commonly used in drawer construction, and when overlay doors are desired, a rabbeted half blind joint is used. Using a dovetail jig and router is definitely the way to go when… Read more »

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    Router Table Setup Using Test Cuts for Perfect Dadoes

    Dado joints are a time-honored approach for case joinery. When choosing to use a router to create this joint, router table setup is critical to creating the perfect fit that you’re after. On a table saw equipped with a dado head you would use shims to dial in the perfect width for your dado, but… Read more »

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    Using a Dado Stack Buildup on the Table Saw

    Dado joints provide herculean strength while being relatively simple to mill on a table saw, making them the obvious choice when it comes to cabinet carcase construction. If there is a catch, it is that getting your table saw set up properly with a dado stack to accurately mill dadoes to the correct width can… Read more »

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    Determine the Ideal Depth for Any Dado Cut

    Dadoes provide an excellent way to join cabinet sides to shelves, but in order for the joint to be strong the dado cut needs to be right. There are two common conventions for determining the depth of a dado cut, and we’ll explain them here. Why a dado? Dadoes are significantly stronger than a butt… Read more »

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    Essentials of Good Design Part 3: Steps in Making Furniture

    If you are following along in our design series, you know that we’ve covered some fundamentals of design, as well as some specific details on the wood furniture design process. Now we take our designs into the shop and talk about some fundamentals of making furniture as Willie Willette of Willie Willette Works shares some… Read more »

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    Essentials of Good Design Part 2: Furniture Design Process

    As we explored furniture design process in part one of this series, we learned about some of the basics of wood furniture design. Now as we continue on into part two, we get into more of the detail of the furniture design process as Willie Willette of Willie Willette Works shares some of the expertise… Read more »

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    Essentials of Good Design Part 1: Wood Furniture Design

    Unfortunately nobody is born with standout capabilities in wood furniture design. Many of us have developed our skills in the shop to form whatever joinery is necessary for nearly any given project, and apply a beautiful and durable finish to serve as the perfect complement, but one area where many of us admit to struggling… Read more »

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    Using Horizontal Raised Panel Bits with Back Cutter

    Master the process of building stylish cabinet doors using horizontal raised panel cutters with a back cutter. People love the look of raised panels on cabinet doors, but many woodworkers admit that they are intimidated by the process of building them. Like any technique in woodworking, this one can be mastered by following a set… Read more »

  • Using Horizontal Raised Panel Router Bits | WWGOA

    Using Horizontal Raised Panel Router Bits

    Master the process of building stylish cabinet doors using horizontal raised panel router bits. Raised panel doors contribute an air of distinction to a cabinet, but many woodworkers admit that they are intimidated by the process of building them. Like any process in woodworking, this one can be learned and mastered by following a set… Read more »

  • Inset Cabinet Doors: Calculating The Size | WWGOA

    How to Calculate The Size of Inset Cabinet Doors

    Master the science of properly sizing inset cabinet doors. Of all the available door types, inset can be the most challenging to size because the tolerances are extremely finicky. Too tight and the door can stick; too loose and they don’t look right. Designing the rails and stiles so that they fit appropriately can present… Read more »