Router Table #2: Dado Time!

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Blog entry by Jon3 posted 10-17-2007 04:31 PM 1501 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: New Yankee Style Router Table Part 2 of Router Table series Part 3: Skipping Ahead.. Making the Top and Face Frame »

I grabbed a Dewalt Dado set off Amazon for a song a while back, thanks to the wonderful deal hound at Woodnet.

So I loaded that up, got a good fit, and began to run down some Dados

Then I began to glue & brad the chassis together.

I set that aside so that the glue could dry, and moved on to the drawers. I broke down the ply, and laid them all out.

Before I assembled, I did a big tape-up, tossed on some cheap sacrificial borg ply on the bottom, and drilled the holes. In retrospect, I think I’d look for a 17/32” bit for the 1/2” holes and a 9/32” bit for the 1/4” holes, so that you don’t have to wedge the router bits into the holes, and so that you’ve got some expansion/contraction room.

Decent amount of ply left over, too!

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#1 posted 10-17-2007 04:47 PM

excellent project, keep the series coming.

I’m curious, how did the NYW plans work out? Are they worth the money? Are they detailed enough? Include a cut sheet? Hardware list? Assembly instructions? Do you need the dvd to actually finish the project?

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#2 posted 10-17-2007 05:00 PM

They worked well for me. They do include a hardware list, but there are so many options for hardware, I wouldn’t go nuts sticking real close to what he used. For instance, he suggests just driling out holes in the MDF and using T bolts, where I think most people would far prefer what I did with the T-track…

I have watched the DVD twice so far, and I found it did contain some useful tips.

The measures drawing is really more of a sized blueprint. It does not contain any real ‘instructions’ per se.

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#3 posted 10-17-2007 08:06 PM

I have been thinking of ordering several of Norm’s plans but wondered about the DVD… it an actual instructional item or is it merely a copy of the New Yankee Workshop episode that aired with the project?

Great work so far! Keep those pictures coming!

-- So Much Wood - So Little Time! --

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#4 posted 10-17-2007 08:09 PM

Just a copy of the episode, sans commercials. No additional info. I was a little disappointed in that aspect also.

If you can catch the episode on Tivo, then I would not bother with the DVD, just the plans.

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#5 posted 10-18-2007 06:48 PM

Jon -

Looking great!


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