Half Lap Miter Joint Router
O ne of the strongest joints in woodworking is a properly fit mortise and tenon and the opposite in strength is a simple butt joint.
Half lap miter joint router. With a quick setup that uses your router you can master the mitered half lap. Build the jig you can make a simple half lap joint on your tablesaw with a dado blade miter gauge extension and a workpiece stop. It s not so tough.
The trick here is that the tongue of one half of the joint is mitered at 45 and it nests into a mating half lap with a shoulder mitered at 45. Loads of glue surface area make a half lap one of the most durable miter joints you can make. Rail and stile routing jigs.
The picture at left is half the joint. Check out these three techniques for cutting half lap joints with a miter saw table saw and router. Where this is 3 4 stock i made the depth of cut a whisker under 3 8.
Start by machining your frame stock to thickness and width. Thanks to a couple of easy router table jigs you ll be cranking out mitered half laps quickly and accurately. When assembled this joint rivals a tightly fit mortise and tenon.
The result gives you a conventional looking miter joint from the front but the back of the joint resembles a half lap. With a router straight bit and plywood scrap turn a weak joint into a superhero of strength. Cutting on the money rabbets for half lap joints with a portable circular saw and handheld router is a breeze with this two in one jig.
If you have a router and can read a rule then your all set. I m making a pair of l shaped pieces to form a shelf. Assemble the rail routing jig drawing 1 and the stile routing jig drawing 2 designed to work with.
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