I marked layout lines for the dadoes. The plans suggested cutting the dadoes for the sides and middle sections BEFORE ripping the pieces apart… this made sense in theory but was a chore to do because I had to offset the router from the marked line using a straight edge. So I measured out 2” from the line and made the first cut, then moved the fence 1/4” inward to make the final dado cut.
I think I’ll invest some thinking into making a dado jig and using a pattern bit instead. There’s a good example in later pages of the same American Woodworker #130 issue which I didn’t think I would need… oh well, now I’ve learn one way NOT to cut dadoes using a router.
Here are some shots of the process and the dry fit case:
Now onto the hardwood sections.
-- Wood Chopper