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Arts and Craft Side Table – Lower Rails

The table is held together with a pair of lower and a pair of upper rails. The previous post shows the through tenon attaching the lower rails to the legs. The rails are held together by a cross over lap joint.

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Making a joint like this requires me to carefully lay out and think through how it fits together. The number of times that I have cut this joint on the wrong side is embarrassing. Today with care I was able to do it in one shot. A little blow out on the bottom of the joint which will fortunately be hidden is the only problem.

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With the Joint fitting properly the rails could be shaped using a chisel and spokeshave.

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The upper rails will be dovetailed into the top of the legs with any luck tomorrow.

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