Apparently, my dear old Mom is more impatient than I am! Why do I say this? Simple. We both happen to be off today, and she announces to me this morning that she’d like for us to go a pick up the Poplar for her bookcase this morning. I figured it makes a certain amount of sense, considering the wood needs to dry out a bit before being worked, despite coming from Lowe’s. There was just one little problem with this…I hadn’t designed it yet!
So, this will be interesting. Right now, I’m trying to figure out what kind of router bits I’m going to need for this bad boy. Well, the sizes really. I know I’ll need a straight bit for the dados and I’ll need a rabbet bit for the rabbets (obviously), but what size will be best? That’s a new set of problems to figure out.
Of course, since it appears my mother bought me a Porter Cable 690LR router, I at least have something to fire up and make the cuts with. Not to shabby to start with I think.
However, I need the help here. The listed dimensions for the poplar is 1”x12”x6’. These are nominal measurements, so I’m thinking a 3/4” sraight bit will cover the dados just fine, but what about the rabbets? I’d like the top and sides to both have rabbets that will match flush. Is this possible or should I plan on the top being a little proud of the sides and sand or plane it down to match?
This is where I need some help. Any and all assistance would be greatly appreciated.
(Man I feel like such a newbie! ;) )
-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!