So I saw a sweet looking candy dispenser posted by Tony (aka Woodshaver) and wanted to take a stab at it. I started by drawing up a concept in a CAD Program:
In order to get the main block, I glued up 4 pieces of oak and re-squared everything to fit the dimensions. I sketched out the cuts on the top of the main block in order to get a better idea of how it would look.
I really needed to consider the order of my cuts, and decided to cut the dados on the top first. I used a clamp to help hold the large workpiece in place against the miter gauge.
After the dados, I went back to a single blade in order to cut the angles on the inside. I figured it best to do the interior angles first to allow more material to slide along the table saw.
I set the blade to 45 degrees and was able to chunk out the inside first, then I chopped off the corners on the CSMS.
Next up, cutting the sliders!
-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails