In planning to glue to corners I cut some angle blocks to assist in holding the clamps in place.
I also used a special clamp for angles that I highly recommend if you have to glue up unusual corners or large miter corners.
I then tried to figure out how to cut the bottom and shelf. I decided to use my circular saw. Before having a table saw, I used a circular saw to cut the wood so I have a good blade for plywood. I also own a forrest blade but I didn’t use it for this, don’t ask me why because I don’t know.
I first designed a circular saw cutting jig. The jig allows me to know exactly where the blade will cut. I marked the angles on the bottom by placing the side and front pieces on top of the wood. I then marked the angles.
I cut the angles on one side then placed the side and front back on top of the wood and marked the other side. Maybe I should have done this differently since there’s a little problem now. (see below)
I cut the bottom piece to size. I then cut the shelf piece the same way. I used the bottom piece to mark the shelf piece so the angles would be exact.
I stopped here to think what I want to do next.
I must have done something wrong because the angle on the back of one of the side pieces is perfect 90 degrees but the other side is a little off. It might be because the side pieces glued up slightly different and threw it off. I’m not sure.
Now I’m not sure if I’m going to make the back piece or attach the bottom or glue the front onto the sides.
A comment I received from LJ member GregD mentioned securing the bottom board and shelf with the Kreg pocket hole system. I actually never thought of this but I think it will work perfect. I won’t have to use support blocks because I’ve used the Kreg screws on the back piece of a project I made where I made a mistake on the measurements and it was the only method I could use. I was amazed how strong it was. I never thought about using Kreg screws to assemble this project but it should work great. Also Amazon.com has 1000 1-1/4” course screws for $22.50.
Feel free to add your two cents, tell me how you would have done something different or even what to do next.
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