Today I decided to put new dividers in my kitchen drawer and so down to the workshop I went. Earlier this week I had purchased some 1/2” x 6” knotty pine at Rona.
I thought that the 1/2” was too narrow to use the DowelMax on and so I chose to use a different joinery technique. Using the router is out—I’ve had too many difficulties with the machine and I’m not familiar enough with the Triton router to give that a go without some assistance from Rick (who is at work.)
And so I knew that it was time to try out my new “learning curve” tool: the Veritas Router Plane from Lee Valley.
Now, I haven’t used the plane before; I haven’t used ANY plane before. It was definitely a “learning curve” experience.
First, I started with my wood (which I had to cut in half and the lengths I wanted were over my 12” limit for the mitre saw. Sigh… no problem, just cut it half way, flip it around and finish the cut. Done.
Next I had to figure out where the dividers would go and mark the slot areas. (That didn’t go TOO badly. I don’t think I got my lines lined up precisely but it works.)
Then, I knew that I had to cut the edges of the slots or the wood would probably rip (since I was going across the grain). Now.. what to use; what to use…. can’t find an exacto knife… that old rusty hand saw won’t cut butter… thinking, thinking, thinking,,, there’s another saw: well isn’t that curve in the blade cute!!... that’s out… back to cutting butter. .. I did most of the slots in this manner, thinking “new tool” the entire time. ...
Then for the last two cuts I decided to use the miter saw again and just lower it half way through the wood, cut the edges of the slot and then use the router plane for the rest of it… Now you think of it!!!
Before using the Router Plane I had to put it together (easy) and then off I went.
the process became easier as I went along; the miter saw made a big difference re: marking the slot opening. And… i now have dividers in my kitchen drawer.
-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)