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Ammo shelf - no frills. Help please.

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I’m still learning and setting up a shop, so as usual I have no frills. Mainly a learning project on cutting dado’s. This one is for Ammo Storage. Stock up boys and girls.

The Box and Shelves are Alder, nailer boards top and bottom are poplar. 1/4” plywood back.
22” W x 32” H x 7 1/2” D.

HELP:
How should I have cut the dado’s and rabbets on TS?
side board : 32” x 7 1/4”.

I ended up just running the 7 1/4” end against the fence and being real careful not to come off the fence. It came out good, but there’s a good chance of the saw throwing the board across the shop if you come off the fence a hair.

Any advice on the correct way to cut Dado’s on a narrow board on table saw?

Thanks!

-- Upgrayedd - spelled thusly, with two Ds, for a double dose of this pimping.





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Calmudgeon

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#1 posted 07-17-2016 01:00 PM

You’re quite right to be concerned with the safety of that method.
1. Clamp a small stop block to the fence. Register your cut off of that. Position it so that by the time your piece has reached the blade, it is no longer in contact with the stop block. This prevents any chance of the stock binding between the blade and the fence.
2. Add an extension to your mitre gauge to provide added support (any scrap of true solid wood or plywood will do) and use the mitre gauge to feed the stock across the dado blade.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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splintergroup

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#2 posted 07-17-2016 02:49 PM

Calmudgeon has excellent advise!

I usually won’t crosscut with the fence when the distance between the fence and blade is more than the width of the piece being cut (with exceptions of course).
Typically I cut dados in shelf sides with only a miter gauge with a long fence. A panel jig also works well. If the sides are more than 10 inches or so, I’ll use a router and a dado jig.

Using the fence as you did with a miter gauge between the blade and fence is fine, as long as the workpiece is held tight to the gauge.

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Upgrayedd

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#3 posted 07-17-2016 04:41 PM

Thanks for the help guys!

-- Upgrayedd - spelled thusly, with two Ds, for a double dose of this pimping.

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Oldtool

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#4 posted 07-17-2016 05:17 PM

If you absolutely have to use the table saw because you don’t have a router or even a hand saw & chisel combo, then I suggest you make a cross cut sled for your table saw. That would be the safest way to use the table saw.

On second thought, since you titled your project “no frills”, why even cut dados for the shelves, just use 1 X 1 X 7 1/2 ” wood runners screwed to the sides and the shelves.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Upgrayedd

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#5 posted 07-17-2016 05:51 PM

On second thought, since you titled your project “no frills”, why even cut dados for the shelves, just use 1 X 1 X 7 1/2 ” wood runners screwed to the sides and the shelves.

Because the point of the project was to store ammo, AND learn to cut dado’s on TS. I cut’m just not very safe, which is why I posted the project and asked for HELP.

Your point of cutting them w/ Router is understood and well taken. I’ve read the Blogs on LJ’s on pro’s and con’s of TS vs Router. To each his own.

I don’t have 10,000 jigs yet, but I’m working on it.

-- Upgrayedd - spelled thusly, with two Ds, for a double dose of this pimping.

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MadeinMT

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#6 posted 07-17-2016 08:18 PM

Just by doing things, making mistakes, and asking for help you’ll learn tons. I’ve done everything wrong at least once. That’s how you learn. Good start to your woodworking career. Keep after it.

-- Ron, Montana

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jeffswildwood

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#7 posted 07-18-2016 12:18 AM

Even for no frills it came out nicely! For the dado’s I prefer a router, just me. I don’t have a dado set so it’s my safest choice. I do know one thing, you are in the right place to learn here. I have stepped up my game a lot. Great people, great advice and great fun!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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Billy E

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#8 posted 07-19-2016 02:55 PM

As said already, a miter gauge that is adjusted well to ride in the miter slot. Or…better yet a crosscut sled that rides in both slots. I assume you’re using a dado stack. I’d cut the dados with the saw, then clean up the bottoms with a router plane to get it perfect. Nice work. Looks very solid.

-- Billy, Florence SC

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