Master Bedroom Closet #2: Pieces cut, dadoes and rabbets in the works

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Blog entry by Eric_S posted 01-01-2012 12:12 AM 1909 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: The Sketchup Plan Part 2 of Master Bedroom Closet series Part 3: Shelving unit finished »

I was hoping I’d be finished by now, but as usual, something always gets in the way. Anyways, over the past two days I’ve managed to cut all the pieces and started on the rabbets and dadoes for all the shelves and vertical supports.

Here are the 5 14”x93” walls that make up the closet and the edge guide I made to mark a 14” line on all of them. I actually cut them 2 deep to make it quicker and used a home made edge guide for a circular saw.

Next up came cutting the vertical supports for the corner shelving. They vary in height(21 1/4, 19, 12,12,13,12 1/4) with an additional 1/4” on the top and bottom to sit in 1/4” dadoes on each shelf.

Then came cutting 7 L shaped shelves. This is where I contemplated the best approach to make these, and decided to go with jigsawing them to get the most efficient use of the wood and could free hand all the cuts with very good results thanks to my new Bosch J365,

Then I routed a 3/8” rabbet on the top and bottom shelf for support.

Here is the matching 3/8” dadoes on the top and bottom of the side walls, using an edge guide.

I’ve started to route the full 3/4”x3/8” dadoes for each shelf (5 not including the top and bottom), but haven’t finished. Its new years eve so I wanted to stop early. I made a quick routing jig guide using a brad nailer and some scrap maple which I plan on reclaiming after this project.

I used scrap plywood in the dadoes to keep the two walls aligned as I routed them together going up.

And thats where I stopped for the day.

Depending on how I feel tomorrow ;) I will hopefully be able to finish the middle closet and start the glue up.

Thanks for looking.

Have a Happy New Years!

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#1 posted 01-01-2012 12:53 AM

Looks like you is making good progess, Eric.

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#2 posted 01-01-2012 01:03 AM

coming along rather nicely


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#3 posted 01-01-2012 07:54 AM

So far so good.Can’t wait to see the final look.

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#4 posted 01-01-2012 05:58 PM

Great progress!

Ganging the sides together, to route the shelf dados really helps avoid measurement mistakes- don’t ask!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 01-01-2012 07:17 PM

Thanks everyone. I already realized I goofed though lol. The top and bottom shelf I put a rabbet on the back two edges instead of the sides where the shelving walls are woops. They wont be visible at all when assembled luckily. Originally I was planning on doing a back to the shelving but I think I have enough support with the dadoes and vertical supports…hopefully.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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