This lessons objectives:
The Power Tool Method
This is the first time in the free online school that we have used a router. While this is not a comprehensive overview on how to use one, it will give you a thorough understanding of how to carry out this operation safely.
You will need
- Router (Preferably 1/2″, but a 1/4″ will work.)
- 30mm guide bush
- ≈ 10mm cutter (+/- 1mm) 3/8″ is fine
It's worth noting that this particular jig doesn't require the use of a plunge router. If a fixed base is your only option, there is plenty of room ahead of the cabinet to lock the depth before cutting.
The Hand Tool Method
The hand tool method is all based around severing the long grain and taking advantage of the resulting short grain. Just make sure to continously check the depth of the groove to ensure you don't cut all the way through!
Click the images below to see supporting material helping you with this part of the project.
Have you got the plans yet?
The Student Series
Want to see another beginner make this project before you? It's a great way to scope out any mistakes before you make one yourself!
Why cut the ends square before shooting them? 9:50
Cant see the line while cutting – 11:21
Body Positioning when Sawing – 12:13
Using the Bench Hook Effectively – 14:57
Using a Japanese Saw with a Bench Hook – 19:10
Thumb Positioning on Bench Hook – 21:55
Shooting the first side – 26:55
Combating Shooting Plane Deflection – 31:52
Rob Tips for Sawing – 36:32