I have to make a frame for an upcoming project so I thought I would try make it with mitered half laps. Easy to make and when glued they are very strong. To build the frame I will use an 8 foot 2x6. It will be cut in half then into smaller sizes for rails and stiles.
The easiest way to cut an 8ft 2x6 in half without using a miter saw is with a jigsaw. After it's cut it can be nicely squared up on the table saw with a sled.
The rails and stiles will be 4ft. and 18 inch lengths and 1x3/4x3/4".
To cut the lengths I use a Stop block (see video) with strong magnets to sit on the table top against the fence.
The sandpaper holds the work piece very nice.
Mini Speed Square I marked the rails that will be cut with a dado set.
The fence is set so that distance from the stop block to the blade equals width of the workpiece.
Now the miter gauge can be set to 45°. I clamped the miter gauge in the vise and use a Wixey angle gauge set it at 0 then slowly turned it till it read 45°.
The stile can be cut with just one pass.