I wasn’t sure that I would have any free time today to do any work on my project. And yesterday was my 40th birthday, so I expected to be tired and hungover. ;P But I wasn’t too bad off.
I was waiting for a dado insert for the table saw, and I got that the other day. So really I had no more excuse not to start on this thing, other than nerves.
All my plywood was already cut into 2’x8’ pieces, but I still had to rough cut that into smaller pieces with the circular saw. Then I ripped them to the widths that they needed to be. Then I used the panel cutting sled that I’d made to square them up and cut their final length. That sled was really nice! Made things very easy.
Then came the dadoes and the rabbets. The adjustable dado takes some getting used to – I did a lot of practice cuts with it in order to get it to just the right width. I am really good at taking sawblades on and off now.
I only made one mistake cutting, and had to use my extra plywood that I had. I did it when I had about 2 cuts left and was getting cocky thinking, “hey I did all that without making any mistakes, I rock”. Totally jinxing myself.
Anyhoo, here are some pics from when I was checking to make sure there wasn’t any glaring errors. It might look a little wonky because I didn’t snug it together all the way, and the pieces are mostly leaning on each other. (This is the back)
My son in there for scale – though I think he makes it look smaller!
Before I glue it all up, I want to figure out the drawer slides and get them situated on there. I have slides for the top three drawers, but I forgot that I need to get some for the bottom four. I’m thinking that instead of using the extra face frame hardware, I will just build out where the drawer slides will go, then the slide will be supported it’s whole length (better for the big drawers), and the slide won’t be too visible from the front since I can set it back from the face frame if I do flush-front drawers.
So far, so good. I did my first dadoes. :) Another big thing I learned was that the shopvac doesn’t really do too much with your table saw sawdust when you forget to turn it on. I swear half my cuts I forgot to turn on the shopvac.
OMG I’m so tired now. I didn’t realize how much I beat myself up until I just sat down. I am going to be sore tomorrow!