Bookcase with Sliding Doors #3: Building the case

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Blog entry by mdoan posted 12-06-2007 09:36 PM 1434 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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:

Marking layout lines for routing

I ripped then routed for the bottom and middle sections... don't remember why... but it turned out well.

The pieces dry fitted together.. all nice and square... thank goodness.

Now onto the hardwood sections.

-- Wood Chopper

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#1 posted 12-06-2007 09:45 PM

Looking good :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#2 posted 12-06-2007 10:33 PM

Yeah, that’s coming along nice.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 12-15-2007 04:44 PM

Are you using all Festool sytems parts?

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#4 posted 12-16-2007 09:19 PM

I don’t know about “all” but I do like the festool system and I do use many of their power tools. What specifics of festool are you interested in or use? I’d be interested in hearing your experiences. I’m really enjoying the domino system for building the frames although still learning it’s intricacies.

-- Wood Chopper

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