My New Router Table #5: Doors and Drawers

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Blog entry by Blake posted 11-15-2007 03:03 AM 4835 reads 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I would have waited until I made more progress until posting this next one, but since I have been stuck in bed with the flue for three days (and I am good for nothin’ in the shop) I may as well post what I’ve got. The following was done before I got sick.

I am keeping the joinery as simple as possible on this project. I want it to look nice but it mostly needs to be functional. So I used simple grooved “style and rails” for the doors and drawer fronts, with more of that birch ply in for the panels. This way I can just glue the whole thing up and not even have to think about wood movement. I would rather use the time that it would take to do something fancier on another project. This phase of the project was pretty quick.

Here are the styles and rails milled and cut to size:

Here I have cut the grove with a dado blade to accept the plywood:

Making sure everything fits:

Here everything is laid out and ready for assembly:

But wait! Why didn’t I just glue ‘em up? Well it turns out that in my haste to just get this thing done I made the groves a little too narrow for the plywood to fit without crumpling the birch veneer on the edges. So, measure twice, cut once, right? Well if I widen the grove the rails won’t fit the styles. So My only option is to trim a little thickness off the edges of the plywood. Oh well, no big deal.

So when I get to feeling better I will complete that last step and glue the darned things up. Thanks for tuning in.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 11-15-2007 03:20 AM

Sounds like a job for a stacked dado and about 4 minutes to fix that problem. Nice progress!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#2 posted 11-15-2007 04:13 AM

Thanks for sharing, this has been fun to follow.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Thos. Angle

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#3 posted 11-15-2007 04:51 AM

Just set up a rabbit bit in the router and trim on the back side of the panel, Nobody can see it and it will function just fine. Probably only need to take off 1/32 anyway.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Douglas Bordner

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#4 posted 11-15-2007 04:53 AM

Tom’s got it. I’d probably scribe a line with a knife to keep the cut clean at the veneer, but I as someone recently and rightly observed “You sure are one for doing it the hard way Doug.”

I would never have thought to tablesaw the stub tenon rails and stiles. Great job of it.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#5 posted 11-15-2007 05:00 AM

Well Douglas, you may have noticed that my router table is missing a few things… mainly the router :)

My router plate is still on the slow boat, apparently!

I did plan to use the dado blade to take off a hair from the back side of the plywood but your Idea to scribe it first is genius. I hadn’t thought of that yet. I would have torn it up without that little scribe line.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#6 posted 11-15-2007 05:20 AM

Why can’t you widen the groove and the tenons? You can just add a little material by gluing to each tenon. You won’t see it. Either way or rabbet.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#7 posted 11-15-2007 05:38 AM

I have no doubt that we would never have known it happened once you take care of it. Looking really good Blake and thanks for blogging this.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#8 posted 11-15-2007 09:31 AM

Gonna be one nice router table when you get it finished.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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