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Best tool for half laps1/7
I'm looking for a good solution for repeatable 3/8" deep by 3" wide half laps in 3" wide basswood of varying lengths. Ideally I would be able to cut it in one pass, be able to set up a fence and stop system, have good dust collection and be safe.
Right now I am using a shop made router x/y axis carriage made with two sets of drawer slides. It functions a bit like a strike jam router with solid stops on the sides rather than a pattern follower. This works but is slow, has poor dust collection and is not as safe as I'd like.
From what I can tell a Hauncher would be perfect but is out of my budget. So I'm considering maybe a radial arm saw with a dado or molding head, or maybe a radial arm router.
What lengths are your material and what level of accuracy are you expecting?
Hi Ken, thanks for your response.
This is one operation an old school Radial arm saw with a dado head would be great at.
If you need/desire extreme accuracy, scribe lines with a knife for the crossing piece, get within 1/32" with the radial arm saw, then pare with a chisel.