# How do I cut a lap in the middle of a 2x6 that does not extend to either end of the board without using a router?

I need to cut a 2" x 1/2" lap in the middle of a 2x6 (5-1/2" on either end will NOT be cut...only the middle 3 feet). Without a router or router table, what is the best way to accomplish this?

Something like this:

• If you have a drill press, you could use a forstner bit to remove the bulk of the material and the come back with a chisel to get the edges and corners. Jan 19, 2017 at 19:18
• I think you should list what tools you do have available, since this could be done purely using hand tools, certain power tools or a mixture of the two. No point in recommending the method using a table saw if you don't own one! Jan 19, 2017 at 23:28
• I'm not understanding the dimensions of the board, nor the size of the lap that is being cut. Can you clarify? Even a rudimentary drawing would help. Jan 20, 2017 at 5:32
• @CharlieKilian I had difficulty too! It's a notch 3 feet long in the edge of 2" thick material, 1/2" deep. Jan 20, 2017 at 8:01
• @Graphus Lacking any feedback from OP, I figure that this diagram gives us all the same problem to solve. And IMHO it is exactly what was described.:) Jan 24, 2017 at 19:10

## 2 Answers

1. Cut the edges of your lap with a handsaw (fine-tune the edges later with a chisel, if you like).
2. Cut a few more lines into the wood down the length of the lap to prevent splits from running out of control in the next step.
3. Use a chisel and mallet to quickly knock out the wood in between the edges.
4. Carefully pare down to the line using a sharp chisel and the force of your hand/body.

You want to remove 1/2" of material from the face of the board, for 3 feet in the middle of the board? Sounds like that would be a good job for a bandsaw. Turn the board on edge and cut the two edges. Make a couple of relief cuts along your desired cut, and then cut out the bulk of the material. Flip the board around to get the other edge. Clean up with a chisel or plane.

If you don't have a bandsaw, a jigsaw may work, although you'll need to be careful to keep the base perpendicular to your board. A jig (yes, a jig for your jigsaw :)) may be useful here, which may just be a second 2x6 on edge.

• I think OP is not cutting the full 5 1/2" from the face - only 2" x 1/2". Thus a band saw simply is not a way to do it. Jan 20, 2017 at 5:20