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When using dowels to help align edge-to-edge joints, space the dowels 8" to 12" apart. Lap Joints • When the mating parts are the same thickness, the lap should be onehalf the stock thickness. Nail Joints • When nailing a thinner piece to a thicker piece, the nail length should be about three times the thickness of the thinner piece. Example: Use a 21 ⁄ 4"-long nail to attach a piece of 3 ⁄ 4"-thick stock to a piece of 31 ⁄ 2"-thick stock. • When both parts are about the same thickness, the nail length should be 1 ⁄ 8" to 1 ⁄ 4" less than the combined thicknesses of the parts.

As shown here, the template you need might be in your kitchen cupboard, workshop cabinet or even your pants pocket. TEMPLATE DIAMETER (inches) RADIUS (inches) penny nickel quarter top end of 35mm film canister lid from 1 gallon plastic milk container bottom end of Old Spice shave cream (11 oz. can) bottom end of WD-40 (9 oz. can) bottom end of Minwax Wood Finish (1 ⁄ 2 pint can) bottom end of Borden’s condensed milk (12 oz. can) bottom end of Minwax Wood Finish (1 pint can) bottom end of Folger’s coffee (12 oz.

NGLE DOVETAIL ANGLE APPROXIMATE SLOPE (degrees) 7 8 9 11 14 60 1:8 1:7 1:6 1:5 1:4 CHAPTER TWO Dowel Joints • Use a dowel diameter that’s between one-third and one-half the stock thickness (for example use a 1 ⁄ 4", 5 ⁄ 16" or 3 ⁄ 8"-diameter dowel for 3 ⁄ 4"thick stock). • When boring dowel holes, add 1 ⁄ 16" clearance at each end to allow for excess glue. • When using dowels to help align edge-to-edge joints, space the dowels 8" to 12" apart. Lap Joints • When the mating parts are the same thickness, the lap should be onehalf the stock thickness.

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