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A T-bevel helps duplicate other angles. Also called a plate joiner, a biscuit joiner slices slots in the edges or faces of mating boards. The slots and fitted biscuits are glued and clamped together, producing an invisible and very strong joint. Because biscuits are fairly wide, you can use them only for boards 3 in. or wider. Pocket-hole jigs Pocket-hole joinery (see pp. 64–65) has become very popular among woodworkers because it produces strong joints quickly. Professional cabinet shops have dedicated pocket-hole machines that produce multiple slots in an instant, but more modest jigs, like those made by Kreg, enable you to cut slots and assemble boards almost as quickly.

Use push tools to keep your hands away from the blade. If possible, push through the cut with one stroke; stopping and starting often creates unevenness in the cut. tip If you have a small shop and handling full-size sheets will be difficult to manage, have the lumberyard or home center make the rough cuts for you. The cost is usually minimal. uilding Methods Minimizing Tearout It’s vital that your sheet good cuts be smooth and free of tearout—the series of small splinters that sometimes occurs on the top side of the cut.

Use a drywalltype sander for large, flat surfaces, a smaller block sander for smaller flat areas, and a sponge sander or simply a handheld piece of sandpaper for curves and niches. A simple wood scraper is surprisingly effective at removing material and initially smoothing uneven boards, and a handplane is useful for shaving the edges of frame pieces. Power nailers Hand-nailing is slow work; driving trim-head screws is easier. You can quickly secure cabinet cases with wood glue and a power trim nailer or stapler.

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