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Project by edwood1975 posted 10-24-2014 02:34 AM 1112 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been slowly building projects that organize sections in my house. I am tired of all the mail that I get into the house and some items are kept for a short period of time.

So I built this 3 slot( for 3 people) mail sorter and shelf unit.

Its made out of 8×1 pine, and I routered the top base with a dado in it so as that I could just slot in the dividers and glue them into place. I cut the dividers with a jigsaw after making a simple cardboard template and them sanded them all together so as to get the exact same profile for each piece.

I was going to put back onto the unit but I didn’t because of 2 reasons it was plenty sturdy and the see through back actually blends the unit into the kitchen wallpaper with the colors I painted it.

The cons: I went around one of the corners with the router and took away wood when I didn’t want too( I should have used a stop block!!!) I had to put wood filler in and sand it but it doesn’t look too bad or too good either (lesson learned). *I also over routered it (the vertical pieces didn’t need it and because they were vertical the base didn’t blend with the wood I took away so I just cut the corners off.

-- Ed





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Grandpa

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#1 posted 10-24-2014 04:16 AM

I like something with a practical application. On the router work….well we live and learn. We all had a first day at something new. Good job.

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greg48

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#2 posted 10-24-2014 08:58 PM

Congrats on another project. It’s easy to see that you’ve been bit by the build bug, sorry to inform you, there is no known cure – learn to live with it.

A little hint on making duplicate pieces, build a router table (I left you a note on your shop page), cut a template out of 1/4” sheet goods, attach the template to your rough cut pieces with double stick tape (carpeting tape), then route the finish piece with a piloted flush trim bit. Live long and prosper!.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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edwood1975

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#3 posted 10-24-2014 09:37 PM



Congrats on another project. It s easy to see that you ve been bit by the build bug, sorry to inform you, there is no known cure – learn to live with it.

A little hint on making duplicate pieces, build a router table (I left you a note on your shop page), cut a template out of 1/4” sheet goods, attach the template to your rough cut pieces with double stick tape (carpeting tape), then route the finish piece with a piloted flush trim bit. Live long and prosper!.

- greg48

Greg is a piloted flush trim bit the same as a straight bit that I use on dado joints??

-- Ed

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Richard

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#4 posted 10-24-2014 11:02 PM

Greg is a piloted flush trim bit the same as a straight bit that I use on dado joints??

- ekapprentice2014

Here is an example from rockler. The flush trim bits have the bearing at the top or bottom depending on how you are going to use them. The straight bit for dados does not have the bearing.

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#5 posted 10-27-2014 02:05 PM

Great project to get familiar with your tools and approach. Thanks for sharing.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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