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So, Craigslist looks like a great source for lumber, but I lack a jointer and planer. Next best thing was to return all the 1×12s to HD and bought a sheet of 3/4” plywood. The total lumber cost dropped from $265 to $115, which is much more palatable.
I set up a straight edge and my Skil-saw to rip the plywood into 11-1/4” boards in place of the returned 1×12’s. I cut everything a little wide with the Skil-saw and then cut to final dimensions on my table saw.
Check the sled is square to the blade. I know this is a poor excuse for a sled – if I’m not ultra-steady, the boards rock and I get a wobbly cut. As long as I’m careful, it works out.
I clamped three shelves together and cut them to final length in one swoop. That way everything matches exact.
Check the depth on the router (1/3 the board depth), get out the fence & clamps, the back to the auxiliary shop (aka garage).
This piece is 23” wide. After routing the dadoes, I split it down the middle on the table saw, then cut the other edge off each side to make two 11-1/4” book case sides. Dadoes before ripping ensure the dadoes are in the exact same location on either side of the book case. Final trimming removed any tear outs from the router.
How do ya like my out feed table? I need to make two more, so I have cover all sides of the table saw.
I used the table saw to cut 1/4” x 1/4” rabbits to accept the back of the case. I kicked over the fence 1/16” for each pass. You see the grooves it causes in the rabbit. I don’t like this and cleaned them up a bit with a chisel.
Lastly, I moved all my final cut boards to the shop for glue up and I realized I ran out of glue. I’ll buy some glue by next weekend. I took the kid to the park for the rest of the day.
Thanks for having a look. J-
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